Salford Docks, built by the Manchester Ship Canal Company, was the bigger of two docks that comprised Manchester Docks, the other being Pomona Docks to the east. The area was renamed Salford Quays, and Urban Waterside began renovation in 1985 as part of the Salford Quays Development Plan. The plan called for the redevelopment of 1,200 houses, shops and offices on three islands connected by bridges. The first phase was completed in 1990, with more phases following over time.
Man-made features include a marina and an underground shopping mall called The Cube. The main road through Salford Quays, Market Street, was originally Dock Street when it linked the two docks together. This changed when the Pomona Bridge was opened in 1872, replacing a rope bridge. The new bridge was named after a famous racehorse who had been born in Pomona Farm, now a hotel next to the quay wall.
When Salford Quays was developed there were plans to build a third dock to the west but these did not come to fruition. However, in 2009 plans were announced for a "super pier" to be built as an extension to the existing one. The new structure would be longer than the original one and be able to handle larger vessels. It is expected to open in late 2013 or early 2014. There are also plans to extend the market hall so it can cater for increased trade during the summer months.
The docks served as a port of call for both coastal and ocean-bound ships. Their cargos came from all over the world, but as the names of the several quays show, a large portion of their trade was with Canada. In truth, the ships that traveled between Manchester and Canada carried a restricted number of people. Most were happy to return home after a short visit, but some settlers stayed for good. One such person was Samuel Deane, who in 1761 bought land on which to build a factory making glass bottles. The Deane bottle factory is now a museum.
Salford Quays was also the location of one of Britain's first cotton mills. The water-powered mill was built by Thomas Hancock in 1760. It operated until 1811 when it was destroyed by fire. Hancock's son Josiah then rebuilt the mill using steam power, which it operated successfully until 1865 when the site was sold for housing development. Some of the old mill buildings have been preserved and are now shops and restaurants.
In addition to these industries, Salford Quays was the home of the city's main football team, Manchester United. The club was founded in 1878 by the members of the Old Manchester Football Club who had split away due to disputes about financing. They chose to play their games at Salford Quays because it was easier to get to than other places near Manchester city center.
Manchester now has a service-based economy, while Salford has been revitalized and repositioned as a media powerhouse. The BBC is at the helm of this conglomeration of media firms. When the BBC closed the Television Centre in West London, it relocated its studios to MediaCityUK. This is a new business district being built on reclaimed land next to the River Tyne.
The project will see 1.5 million sq ft of creative industry space constructed over 11 blocks between 2007 and 2017. It's expected that this will create more than 5,000 jobs during construction and another 7,500 positions once operational.
MediaCityUK is also home to the National Football Museum, which opened in September 2013. It's the largest football museum in Europe, with over 150 players' boots from all over the world on display.
There are also plans to build a new stadium for Manchester United on this site. The club wants to move out of Old Trafford after 110 years. Planning permission was granted in April 2014 and work is expected to start in 2016.
In addition, there are studios and offices for companies such as Channel 4, Universal Music, and Warner Bros.
Old Trafford is a historic sports ground in Greater Manchester. It has been the home of Manchester United since 1877. The stadium holds 65,000 people and is the largest in the city and region.
1439 The Bishop of Exeter gave permission for the construction of a stone quay in the manor of Towan Blystra in 1439. This was erected where the harbour is today and was known as the "new quay," which is where the town got its name. It was reported to be well made and suitable for trading vessels.
The bishop's permission was sought by the mayor and aldermen of the town because the previous timber quay had been destroyed by storms. They wanted to know if it was safe to use the new stone quay instead.
The new stone quay lasted until 1720 when it was damaged by fire. No one knows how or why the fire started, but it destroyed most of the town's records as well as much of the quay. It is assumed that the fire was caused by accident rather than design because there are no signs that it was deliberately set alight.
After the fire, the town council decided to rebuild the quay and hired an architect who designed a new quay with fireproof materials like brick and stone. It is this new quay that stands today. The rebuilding took about three years and the new quay was opened by King George II in 1725. It is estimated that up to £10,000 (£1.5 million in today's money) was spent on the project.
A quay is a broad word used to define a maritime structure used for mooring or tying-up of vessels, as well as loading and unloading of products and passengers, for the purposes of this chapter. It is often parallel to the beach. A pier, sometimes known as a finger jetty, is a quay that extends into the water. Both quays and piers are used by fishermen to shelter their boats from wind and weather.
The main function of a quay is to provide a stable work platform for loading and unloading vessels, and to protect them from damage caused by high waves and tides. Quays can be constructed out of rock, concrete, timber, or steel. The choice of material depends on how much use the quay will get and how much weight it will have to support. Heavy machinery needs strong foundations, so concrete is usually preferred over other materials when building bridges or heavy structures such as factories.
Quays can also be used for recreational purposes. They can be built out of rock if you want to create a small beach area, or out of wood if you want to add some color to your yard. There are many different types of designs available and it's up to you to choose what kind you want to build.
Finally, quays can be used as part of a port infrastructure. This includes facilities like warehouses, storage tanks, and equipment sheds that are needed before ships can be loaded or unloaded.