SJ8397 : Library Walk

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Library Walk
Library Walk
Library Walk is a curved walkway connecting St Peter's Square to Mount Street SJ8397 : Library Walk (Mount Street) between Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension.

Manchester council have applied for an order to remove the public right of way from the walkway and halt public access with the stretch partly gated off between the hours of 10pm and 6am.

Council chiefs are installing a 3.5m glazed link part way along the passageway, connecting the newly revamped library and town hall, but they have safety concerns about keeping the paved corridor open to the public at night.

A new, glass bubble-like enclosure, which features a reflective metal roof, was designed by leading Manchester architect Ian Simpson and given planning approval in 2012 despite a controversial reception, including a petition signed by more than 1,400 people.

Campaign group Friends of Library Walk. who describe the walkway as a space of "significant architectural merit". are opposed to the proposals.

Manchester Evening News: LinkExternal link

Friends of Library Walk: LinkExternal link
Manchester Central Library
Manchester Central Library, which is the second-biggest public lending library in Britain (after Birmingham's), is a circular building, south of the extended Town Hall. The library was constructed between 1930 and 1934 but, because of its traditional neoclassical design, many people mistakenly believe that it is much older. The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome

The building, which was first opened by King George V on 17 July 1934, is a Grade II* listed building (English Heritage ID:457312 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). It re-opened in March 2014, after a four-year project to renovate and modernise its facilities (LinkExternal link The Guardian)

LinkExternal link Inside Central Library (Manchester City Council)
Library Walk
A curved footpath between Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension linking St Peter's Square to Mount Street.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 September, 2014   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 28 September, 2014
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Primary Subject of Photo
Passageway 
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Ian Simpson 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8389 9796 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6869N 2:14.6522W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8390 9795
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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