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Famous mural to be dismantled



MURAL: Has hit a brick wall.

A MASSIVE mural that has been part of Trafford Park's landscape for more than 20 years will have to be taken down.

The colourful work by artist Walter Kershaw is to be dismantled after inspections raised health and safety concerns over the hundreds of panels it is painted on.

The 5,000 square-feet mural - believed to be the largest piece of industrial art in Europe - has dominated the end of a Victorian warehouse overlooking Salford Quays and the Manchester Ship Canal since it was unveiled in 1982.

It features images of the businesses and industry on the industrial estate, along with stars from Manchester United. It was updated in 1993 to reflect the changing face of Trafford Park and Ryan Giggs replaced the likes of Denis Law.

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But the safety probe revealed its structure is working loose.

Mr Kershaw, 64, based in Littleborough, near Rochdale, says he is talking with the site's developers about a new work.

"I may produce a contemporary version of the mural but that could take some time," he said. "The site is being redeveloped and there are plans for a totally new piece based on reflections in glass and water. It's had an impact for more than 20 years and, hopefully, brought a lot of pleasure to Manchester people and visitors."

Photographs of the original mural are to be preserved in the Tate Gallery.

Trafford's council's deputy chief executive, Dr Gary Pickering, said: "It is regrettable this piece of public art has to be decommissioned. However, public safety must be our paramount concern.

"No one involved was prepared to risk even one of the hundreds of panels becoming dislodged and falling to the ground, possibly injuring someone."
 

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It was going to come down anyway wasn't it, along with the warehouse?
 

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Be a shame to see that warehouse come down but it looks like it would be very difficult to convert into anything 'useful'.
 

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The Longford said:
Be a shame to see that warehouse come down but it looks like it would be very difficult to convert into anything 'useful'.
There is a thread on this development somewhere, can't remember if the warehouse was flattened or preserved in some form or another. It could take quite a while to find the thread, wait a mo!
 

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Thanks weastie! Still not 100% clear what it all means for the existing buildings around there. Trafford Park is ruthless in its clearing of the old (see the beautiful head offices of Metro Vicks by Waterhouse demolished a couple of years ago).
 

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Agreed ! BTW by calling it Metrovicks your giving your age away there Longy - my mum used to work there -with about 30,000 other people - it even had its own emplomment exchange in them days - it realy was a village within itsself - you didn't whant to be around there at clocking off time. Shame about the murial - I thought the building was to be demolsished anyway for a mixed used developmemt
 

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I forget who it was, it might have been the Liverpool Docks Company or something like that.... it definitely wasn't Peel.....but 'they' have wanted to redevelop this site for quite some time, if not this building one very close to it. I did a presentation to them to put a tower here about 5 years ago. No one won and it cost everyone a shed load to produce schemes...... ah well.

This was the plan for it:



And this was a detail:

 

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Thats an alternative scheme for the same competition I think....??? Our was for Calderpeel.
 

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If you look at that closely, on their very crappy pictures, the one with OT on it that shows the area in question marked with a red boundary has the cranes just put up at Old Trafford, so that page/design must have been done last summer?
 

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JRB, have you not got those pictures you took hidden somewhere in the bowells of you hard drive?
 

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JRB, have you not got those pictures you took hidden somewhere in the bowells of you hard drive?
Sorry I haven't, but will this do mate? :)



Victoria Warehouse
Client: Panamint

The proposal to redevelop a warehouse site next to Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium is one of the biggest regeneration projects seen in the area and will create a stunning new gateway into Trafford Park and Salford Quays

The plans for the 500,000 sq ft regeneration project have been drawn up by Moss Architects with masterplanning and urban design consultants DMD Urban from Dublin.

Described as ‘a massive regeneration scheme on a particularly strategic site that will transform this area and create a new gateway into the southern end of Salford Quays’ the proposals include 423 apartments, a 211 bed five star hotel with conference suites and leisure club, 165,000 sq ft of office accommodation and car parking for 619 vehicles.


http://www.dmdurban.ie/victoria.html

Date Received 07-07-2005
Target Date 06-10-2005
Consultation Expiry Date 11-11-2005
Committee Date
Date Appeal Logged
Appeal Decision

Application Details
Application Number H/OUT/62572
Site Address Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Park Road, Trafford Park
Previous Address Trafford Park Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1HG
Ward Gorse Hill
Application Type Outline
Development Type Outline
Proposal Outline application for mixed use development between six and twenty-two storeys in height comprising 388 residential units, 8230 m sq hotel use, 15,369 m sq B1 office use, 1491 m sq D2 leisure use, 876 m sq A1/A2/A3 retail use, 820 m sq community use, 561 underground car parking spaces. Consent sought for siting and means of access, all other matters reserved.
Decision
Case Officer Name Ms R Demidowicz
Case Officer Telephone No. 0161 912 3149
Case Officer E-mail
Applicant Name Panamint /TDG Ltd
Applicant Address De Montfort House, High Street, Coleshill, Warwickshire, B46 3BP
Agent Name Deirdre McDermot Associates
Agent Address 9 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Dates
Valid Date 07-07-2005 Target Date 06-10-2005
Expiry date For Consultations 11-11-2005 Date Of Last Consultation
Committee Date Decision Date
Appeal Details
Appeal Submitted No Date Appeal Logged
Appeal Decision Appeal Decision Date
 
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