SJ8398 : Highland House, Victoria Bridge Street, Salford

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Highland House, Victoria Bridge Street, Salford
Highland House, Victoria Bridge Street, Salford
That was its given name when it was built for the Inland Revenue, 1966, by Leach, Rhodes & Walker. Now it is sometimes known as North Tower. Pevsner says the "funnel-like windows give it a bit of character" (SJ8398 : Premier Inn). Wikipedia states that it "was built using the (then) innovative technique of using a continuously climbing shutter to cast a central core; pre-fabricated cladding was then lifted into place using a tower crane. This technique led to rapid construction, avoided the need for scaffolding, and allowed the lower floors to be occupied while building continued higher up. The combination was very cost-effective, however was not flawless: on a windy night the windows of the building blew off, ending up in Salford Bus Station."
It was reclad and converted, c2000, to apartments and a Premier Inn hotel, the latter's corporate colour now gracing the service tower.
The bridge over the River Irwell now carries the road to nothing more than a large car park (right).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 10 February, 2012
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8372 9873 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.1019N 2:14.8083W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8382 9876
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