The total cost of the project of redeveloping the docks was £106 million. The project includes The Lowry building, the large Plaza, the terraced areas down to the canal and the Lifting Footbridge leading to Trafford Wharfside and the Imperial War Museum North. Also included in The Lowry project is the Digital World Centre (DWC) - a high-tech business centre providing quality, serviced premises. It will be home to the Digital World Society (DWS), a new think tank that will generate innovative projects in digital technologies, due to open in Autumn 2003.
Lowry Designer Outlet
The Lowry Designer Outlet is a shopping mall adjacent to the Lowry - plenty of shops to spend your money in and a food hall here for when you get hungry after all that culture.
If you want more shops then the larger Trafford Centre is also a short car distance away.
Mariners Canal View
This is a view down the Mariners Canal with the Victoria Harbour building athe the end(owned by Peel holdings- a major property development company who's portfolio includes the Manchester ship canal and Liverpool's John Lennon Airport)
Salford is not Manchester
"Crossing to the Quays"
After we had visited Manchester United's Old Trafford football ground, we carried on walking and then crossed over the river Irwell into Salford. It was quite a pleasant walk and we certainly enjoyed the river and surrounding area.
"The past and the present"
The City of Salford is both a city and a metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester. It is named after its largest settlement, Salford, but covers a larger area which includes the towns of Eccles, Swinton-Pendlebury, Walkden and Irlam. The city has a total population of 218,000 and is administered from the Salford Civic Centre in Swinton.
The current city boundaries were set as part of the Local Government Act 1972, and cover an amalgamation of former local government districts.
It is bounded by the River Irwell, which forms its boundary with the city of Manchester, on the east by Crumpsall, Cheetham Hill and Strangeways, and by the Manchester Ship Canal to the south, which forms its boundary with Trafford.
The boroughs of Wigan, Bolton and Bury lie to the west, north west and north respectively. Some parts of the city, which lies directly west of Manchester, are highly industrialised and populated and approximately one third of the city is in fact rural open space. This is due to the western half of the city crossing the ancient peat bog, Chat Moss.
Salford has a lengthy history stretching back to the Neolithic age. There are listed buildings including Salford Cathedral and three Scheduled Ancient Monuments. What was then the County Borough of Salford was granted city status in 1926.
"The Cultural City of Salford"
Although there is much more to Salford than LS Lowry - there is a huge focus on his work. The Lowry is worth a visit as are all the other museums and galleries in the City of Salford.
From Derelict Docks to Modern Quays
A great redevelopment of the old Salford Docks to the new Salford Quays,
incorporating the Lowry museum and the Imperial War Museum North.
Amazing modern architectural styles and canal walkways to enjoy.
Great views of the Salford Quays can be seen from the viewing platform atop the Imperial War Museum North - as long as you don't suffer from vertigo!
"The Bridge is raised!"
The Lowry bridge rarely has boats pasing under it so its not often seen in operation - but its fascinating to watch when it does lift up for canal traffic.