Manchester Central :: Shared Description

The Manchester Central complex was originally built as Manchester Central Station and opened officially in July 1880. It operated successfully for almost 90 years but was deemed surplus to requirements when the railway network was restructured following the Beeching report. Central Station closed in May 1969.

The building had been granted Grade l listed status in 1963 and this ensured that the shell would be preserved but it remained standing empty for several years. Greater Manchester County Council purchased the building in 1978, developjng the station into the G-Mex (the "Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre") which opened in 1986. Its listing was revised to Grade II status in 1994 (LinkExternal link for listing details).

In 2001 the Manchester International Convention Centre (MICC) was added to the complex and in January 2007 the venue was rebranded as Manchester Central, evoking the memory of the former Manchester Central railway station.

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by David Dixon
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SJ8397 : Museum Street, Manchester by Malc McDonald
SJ8397 : Manchester Central by N Chadwick
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SJ8398 : Victoria Street by Gerald England
SJ8397 : Nightingale Hospital at Manchester Central by David Dixon
SJ8397 : Morris Dancers at Manchester Central by Gerald England
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SJ8397 : Below Manchester Central by Gerald England
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SJ8397 : Manchester Central by David Dixon
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SJ8397 : Manchester Central by David Dixon
SJ8397 : Underground parking at Manchester Central by Gerald England
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SJ8397 : Manchester Central Convention Complex by David Dixon
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Created: Fri, 12 Mar 2010, Updated: Tue, 29 Mar 2011

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