The change of policy led to an attempt to reintegrate the city with the river. To the north there is the Mark Addy, a pub recently renovated by Jim Ramsbottom, which shows how the vaulted arches underneath the Deansgate Road can be used. It's near here that the new Santiago Calatrava footbridge will connect Salford and Manchester. It should look like a piece of sculpture.
However it's when you come to the Castlefield area beyond the Granada studios that you get the biggest clue as to what could be done with the riverside's vacant sites. A tremendous amount of refurbishment has been done. Warehouses and coach houses have been renovated in an imaginative way so that there is a distinct tension between the historic framework and contemporary interventions. They provide an example of how conservation should be handled. We're peeling back layers of history, but also creating a heritage for the future.
Steve Hodder's Manchester firm is working on the extension to St Catherine's College, Oxford
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