These pictures aren’t mine. They have been provided for us by a company called Aerial Video TV and very wonderful they are too. I imagine that they are taken by drones. If you need something photographed and live in the north of England (or anywhere else within striking distance of the city), google them and get in contact. I thank them for providing such stunning shots.
These first two are of the Ordsall Chord Bridge which is just being put into place. It’s fast become an iconic structure and something of a landmark as you arrive in the city centre. It looks as if it’s gone rusty but it’s specially treated steel that has been made to look like that. The steel runs from one viaduct to the other across the bridge. It’s a nod to the wrought iron that built Victorian Manchester and looks rather fine. I love the picture looking down on the bridge. In the other one you can see how it crosses the River Irwell and the busy ring road running along side it. The cranes that lifted the bridge into place were two of the strongest in Europe. You can also see the car parks where the Trinity Islands development, with the new tallest building in the city, will be built. More apartments and Manchester’s newest theatre space, The Factory, will be built where the cranes are. It’s a rapidly changing part of the city.
Another spectacular bridge is taking shape to the west of the city. If you want to get out of Liverpool and go south you have three options. One is east along the M62 to Warrington and then south on the M6; always busy and crowded. You can try and cross Liverpool city centre, take one of the tunnels under the River Mersey to Birkenhead, then down The Wirral to Chester and then along the M56 to the M6 south of Warrington. It’s a long congested route. The shortest route is along the M62 to the chemical town of Widnes and cross the narrow bridge to the chemical town of Runcorn and then on to the M56. Shorter, but Widnes and Runcorn, neither town a thing of beauty, are congestion central with Runcorn being particularly bad. It’s the only town I’ve driven in that reduced me to tears of frustration as I saw the place I needed to get to for the third time but couldn’t work out how to get to it.
What they are doing is building a new road from the M62 to the M56 avoiding both Widnes and Rucorn. It involves a spectacular new, mile long, bridge that will cross the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. It will be a suspension bridge and, from the pictures of the half finished crossing, it looks like a thing of beauty. The power station in the distance is the Fiddler’s Ferry gas powered station to the west of Warrington. I once went on a trip round it. It was fascinating.
It took me a while to work out where in Manchester this is. It’s looking directly down on the roof of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester’s symphony hall and home to the world famous Hallé Orchestra.
And this final picture is of No. 1 Spinningfields. You can see the roof top terrace where they are planting a garden with trees where we will be able, weather allowing, to eat at the restaurant up there. While No. 1 is being built we have lost a lot of Hardman Square at its base. Once the building is finished, the square is going to reappear but as a meadow. On one side a structure will be build to house a Manchester branch of the iconic London restaurant, The Ivy. The London restaurant is a favourite haunt of the rich and the famous. Kylie Minogue announced the Manchester restaurant from the London one. I will have to save all my pennies hard so I can rub shoulders with the great and the good when it opens.