At 03:30 in the morning I was standing outside Media City in Salford Quays getting ready to take a photograph. It was cold, about 2OC and to make matters worse the Magnesium Alloy body of my camera, designed to work at temperatures as low as –10OC, seemed to be absorbing the cold, making my hands feel colder still. Thank goodness for Remote Controls and a Tripod.
MediaCityUK sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford and Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. As you can guess it is in use by Media Organisations, including the BBC and ITV (a commercial TV company). The land was previous in use as part of the Port of Manchester and Manchester Docks.
When the dockyards closed in 1982 Salford Quays became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the United Kingdom.
Part of the regeneration has seen housing, a shopping mall, museums, theatre, galleries, cafe’s, bars, sporting venues, business premises and hotels being built.
Every 12 minutes throughout the day you can hop on a Manchester Metrolink tram which will take you into Manchester city centre.
I could have spent longer here and I intend to go back, but not at 03:30 in the morning. At that time it’s too cold and many of the well known buildings weren’t lit up so I was limited in what I could photograph.