Lowry Centre Manchester, Salford Building, Picture, Architect, Photo, Design

Lowry Centre, Manchester

Salford Quays Building, England design by James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates

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The Lowry in Salford building Manchester
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The Lowry in Salford Funding

The Lowry in Salford has been given £3m funding as part of the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, reports the BBC.

The Lowry in Salford building stairs
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£18m has been given to eight arts venues and organisations, like Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Opera North in Leeds.

The culture secretary hopes it will help them through the Covid pandemic.

The Lowry’s chief executive Julia Fawcett said the money “has provided a vital lifeline”.

“Since being forced to close our doors back in March we have done our best to continue to serve our audiences, support our staff and provide creative opportunities for artists and communities – all in the face of losing 93% (£12m) of our income and the very real threat of permanent closure,” she said.

“With this much-needed grant, we can begin the task of rebuilding our artistic and engagement programmes and continue to play our part in the cultural ecology in the North of England with confidence.”

12 Aug 2006

Lowry Centre Salford Quays

The Lowry in Salford building tower
photo © Adrian Welch

Location: Salford, west of Manchester

Address: Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ, UK

Date built: 2000

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James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd completed as Michael Wilford and Partners Ltd then Bain + Bevington Architects Ltd

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The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex on Pier 8 at Salford Quays, in Salford, Greater Manchester. It is named after the early 20th-century painter, L. S. Lowry, known for his simple paintings of industrial scenes in Northwest England. The complex was officially opened on 12 October 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.

To redevelop the derelict Manchester Docks, Salford City Council developed a regeneration plan in 1988 for the brownfield site highlighting the leisure, cultural and tourism potential of the area, and included a flagship development that would involve the creation of a performing arts centre. The initial proposals were for two theatres and an art gallery on a prominent site on Pier 8.

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Between 1990 and 1991 an architecture competition was launched and architects James Stirling Michael Wilford Associates was selected. After the death of James Stirling in June 1992 Michael Wilford continued the project. Funding was secured in 1996 and The Lowry Trust became responsible for the project which comprised The Lowry Centre, the plaza, a footbridge, a retail outlet shopping mall and Digital World Centre.

The National Lottery provided over £21m of funding towards its construction. The project was completed at a cost of £106m. The Lowry name was adopted in honour of the local artist, L. S. Lowry.

The complex is close to the Imperial War Museum North and the Old Trafford football stadium. It is served by the MediaCityUK stop on the Metrolink tram network. It has been Greater Manchester’s most visited tourist attraction in various years.

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Ground breaking took place on 19 June 1997. The Lowry is built on a triangular site at the end of Pier 8 and has a triangular plan. A promenade encircling the building provides views of the Manchester Ship Canal, MediaCityUK and the Salford Quays developments.

The foyer faces the public plaza, where there is a large aerofoil canopy at the entrance clad with perforated steel and illuminated from inside at night. Much of the building is clad in stainless steel and glass.

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The Lowry was described as “not quite ‘Salford’s Guggenheim’ … It is ultimately too small and too well behaved … although there are obvious shared aims”, a reference to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which was built for similar reasons.

The Lowry footbridge spanning the ship canal was designed and project managed by Parkman, with design support from Carlos Fernandez Casado. It is a lift bridge with a clear span of 100m (330ft), which lifts vertically to provide a 26m (85ft) clearance for shipping using the canal. The bridge span is a tied arch and the towers are constructed in tubular steelwork to provide an open aspect to view the lifting counterweight and sheaves.
Source: wikipedia

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Location: Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ, Northwest England, UK

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