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Supercasino site works restart

£8m site works will take seven months

Published on September 7th 2010.


Supercasino site works restart

Work has restarted on the former supercasino site in East Manchester, next to the City of Manchester stadium.

“This work is vital and will mean we can hit the ground running when the right scheme is found for the site.”

The £8m project is being undertaken by remediation firm Buckingham Group Contracting and follows extensive site investigations on the 17-acre site.

The works, which include capping disused mine shafts from the former Bradford colliery, will take seven months.

Funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Manchester City Council, the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the scheme will make the land ready for future development.

No developer has been selected for the site yet although the council and the Manchester City Football Club had been in talks with Paul Gregg and his firm, Apollo Resorts and Leisure.

Eddie Smith, chief executive of New East Manchester said: “This is a crucial step towards bringing this strategically important piece of land back into use. When the right developer is found we want to be in a position to be ready to move quickly and deliver a scheme that will make Eastlands a leading international leisure and sporting destination.

“Not only do we want to create a scheme that will attract significant visitors to East Manchester and bring economic benefits to the whole North West region, but we also remain committed to creating employment opportunities for local people.”

Councillor Jim Battle, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said: “This work is vital and will mean we can hit the ground running when the right scheme is found for the site. The investment will also speed up potential for bringing new jobs to the area, creating a lasting economic legacy for east Manchester residents."

Supercasino site, picture taken for New Manchester's cracking East magazine

Going Underground
Bradford Colliery was mined for at least six hundred years until closure in 1968. It was one of the deepest mines in the UK with two shafts extending vertically down over 900 yards (822m or 2700ft). This is equivalent to almost five Beetham Towers deep. Cloud Minus 23 anyone? To get back up the shafts took less than 100 seconds in speedy lifts. In its last year the pit produced half a million saleable tons of coal and employed 1,500 men. There are still huge reserves of coal under the Supercasino site and the City of Manchester Stadium, but compensation associated with increasing subsidence made it uneconomic (United fans are not allowed to make any jokes here. Ed). The central Manchester location of Bradford Colliery meant it was the most urban UK colliery.

Bradford Colliery

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JimboSeptember 6th 2010.

Best fact of the morning. 'It was one of the deepest mines in the UK with two shafts extending vertically down over 900 yards (822m or 2700ft). This is equivalent to almost five Beetham Towers deep.'

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