SJ8397 : Bee at Great Northern Square

taken 10 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Bee at Great Northern Square
Bee at Great Northern Square
The Great Northern Warehouse and its environs was historically a transport interchange for the massive volume of goods arriving by rail at Central Station - now Manchester Central - in Manchester. As part of the redevelopment of the area in the late 1990s, buildings at the Peter Street end of Deansgate were cleared to open up the site and create the Great Northern Square. This elegant landscaped public square was Manchester's first purpose-built public square to be created since the Second World War.

To the right, is The Great Northern Warehouse, the grade II* listed building (Historic England List entry Number: 1268529 LinkExternal link which was built above the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal; a dock beneath was constructed to allow goods to be transferred to and from canal barges via shafts and a complex system of haulage using hydraulic power. According to Historic England, the warehouse is a "unique survival of a three-way railway goods exchange station, serving the railway, canal and road networks of the Manchester region”. Once a neglected Victorian landmark, the “Great Northern” has now been converted into a leisure and shopping development with bars, cafes and restaurants set in (LinkExternal link for more information).

In contrast to the Victorian warehouse, the Great Northern Tower, at the far end of the square, is a modern development built between 2004 and 2006. This residential tower building which is clad in glass, steel and grey tiles is characterised by its dramatic slope. The 25-storey tower on the corner of Watson and Wilson Streets houses 80 apartments whilst there are a further 177 apartments in the lower component of the building, which starts at 10 storeys high and runs up towards the tower. This lower block runs along Watson Street, directly opposite the Great Northern Warehouse (LinkExternal link Manchester History Net).

Bee#50 in the Bee in the City trail has been positioned in the foreground. Designed by Helen Russell, it is appropriately named "A City Transformed".
Bee in the City
The city’s worker bee motif has been part of the city’s heraldry for more than 150 years as an emblem of the industrious Mancunian spirit. During 2017, it took on an even more powerful meaning as a symbol of unity following the tragic events of May 22 LinkExternal link .

Bee in the City was a large scale public art event which took place in Manchester between 23 July and 23 September 2018. More than 100 large, fibreglass bee sculptures were placed at the city’s landmarks and some lesser known “undiscovered gems”. Each of the bees, which stand 1˝ metres in height, was decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists to celebrate the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene (LinkExternal link Bee in the City website).

At the end of the event, the majority (77) of the bees were auctioned to raise funds for the We Love MCR Charity LinkExternal link . All 131 little Bees created by children and young people as part of the Learning Programme were returned to the schools and youth groups that designed them.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 13 August, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways  People, Events 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 835 979 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6648N 2:14.9323W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 835 979
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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