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Corporation Street to close for six months

Essential building works take place on city centre bridge

Published on February 16th 2011.

Corporation Street to close for six months

Corporation Street is to close to vehicles for around six months when the distinctive walkway between Manchester Arndale and Marks & Spencer and Selfridges undergoes essential safety work.

The street will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians but GMPTE are arranging bus diversions over the period. City centre spokesman Councillor Pat Karney apologised for any convenience caused by the road closure but said “allowing the bridge to deteriorate would have been a false economy” and that substantial extra costs would’ve been incurred.

The landmark bridge was designed by Manchester-based Hodder Associate Architects to replace the old Corporation Street bridge which was destroyed in the 1996 IRA blast.

Originally scheduled to begin late last summer, the building work was postponed because of fears that the street would be closed over the Christmas trading period. It is necessary as the glass panels on the bridge are currently defective and without intervention they could pose as a safety threat to the public. Whilst the work is taking place, the bridge will be enclosed with scaffolding which is why vehicles will be unable to pass through the street.

The cost of the building work will be split between Manchester Ardnale’s joint owners and Manchester City Council, which owns the freehold on the bridge, with each party paying around £365,000.The City Council were also involved in creating an improvement plan for the bridge following a reduced usage in the link bridge because of its current condition.

Glen Barkworth, general manager at Manchester Arndale, said that the company are fully supportive of the work as he believes the bridge provides a substantial link between the Arndale and its retail neighbours.

Additional signage and extra staff will be provided to deal with enquiries about the bridge’s building works and both Manchester Arndale and Manchester City Council are continuing to ensure that business can continue as usual despite the closure of the road to vehicles.

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Ali McGowanFebruary 17th 2011.

I hope the refurb will prevent a build up of litter on the underside - looks 'rubbish'. More worryingly, how has glass, which is around pretty much forever, become defective?! Or is it to do with how it's laminated. Worrying - and pity that the manufacturer (if at fault) or installer (if at fault) is not being made to fix it. Maybe they went bust.

KarneyWatchFebruary 17th 2011.

"City centre spokesman Councillor Pat Karney apologised for any convenience caused by the road closure"

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2011.

I wonder if this is an underhand trial of closing Corporation Street fully?

Not quite sure of the reason to close it - so its not ok for glass panel to drop on a bit of metal on wheels - but okay to drop on to pedestrians and cyclists?

Surely a safety net could be put in place?

ArsonistaFebruary 23rd 2011.

Went under it a few weeks ago and thought its' end would have been a quick match to set up a bonfire with the rubbish under the walkway.

Oh well - it's only £730k to put it right......

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