SJ8397 : They used to be called G-Mex

taken 9 months ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

They used to be called G-Mex
They used to be called G-Mex

When the old Manchester Central closed in 1969 it lay derelict for several years SJ8397 : A derelict Manchester Central Station until 1986 when it reopened as the G-Mex Centre. When the Metrolink tram line appeared in 1992 the nearby tram stop was called G-Mex SJ8397 : Manchester GMEX Centre, former Central Station, from new Metrolink station, 1992. It remained so-named SJ8397 : GMex Centre for a few years after the conference centre had been re-named Manchester Central. Before too long though the Metrolink tram stop was re-named Deansgate-Castlefield.
Manchester Central
The Manchester Central complex was originally built as Manchester Central Station and opened officially in July 1880. It operated successfully for almost 90 years but was deemed surplus to requirements when the railway network was restructured following the Beeching report. Central Station closed in May 1969.

The building had been granted Grade l listed status in 1963 and this ensured that the shell would be preserved but it remained standing empty for several years. Greater Manchester County Council purchased the building in 1978, developjng the station into the G-Mex (the "Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre") which opened in 1986. Its listing was revised to Grade II status in 1994 (LinkExternal link for listing details).

In 2001 the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC) was added to the complex and in January 2007 the venue was rebranded as Manchester Central, evoking the memory of the former Manchester Central railway station.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 14 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 6 August, 2017
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways 
Date (from Tags)
1969  1986  1992 
Former (from Tags)
Railway Station 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8351 9761 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.4975N 2:14.9946W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8346 9758
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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GMEX  Tram Station  Conference Centre  Exhibition Centre 

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