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Report - Trafford Centre - Manchester - April 3rd

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by Stephen_wolf, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Stephen_wolf

    Stephen_wolf 28DL Full Member
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    Having not posted a report in a while, I decided it was time to get one going.

    A brief History of the Trafford Centre courtesy of those writing to wikipedia.

    The Trafford Centre is second largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom by retail size. It was developed by The Peel Group and is currently owned by Intu Properties following a £1.65 billion sale in 2011 - the largest single property acquisition in British history.
    Twelve years after The Trafford Centre was first conceptualized by the Peel Group, it opened on 10 September 1998. Construction took 27 months costing approximately £600 million, approximately £750M as of 2012. Popularly known for its vivid and quirky rococo/late baroque architectural style - its architecture pays homage to the history of the area. The Orient food hall is themed as a steam ship, reflecting the center's proximity to the Manchester Ship Canal.
    Ten per cent of the UK population lives within a 45-minute drive of the shopping centre which attracts more than 35 million visits annually. It has Europe's largest food court in The Orient and the UK's busiest cinema, attracting more than 28,500 visitors each week. There are over 11,500 car parking spaces, and there are proposals to build a new Trafford Centre Metrolink station and a more speculative ferry system from the Manchester Ship Canal to the centre.

    This proved for quite an interesting visit, however due to visiting at day, it was not possible to ascend the domes due to the fact that I could be seen by all those below! A night visit methinks. The roof itself is very clean and insanely large, I only actually walked along around 50% of the roof in my 30 minute trip!

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  2. Els

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    Nice one mate!
     
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    Awesome, looked at this on and off for ages but never commited to it.

    Good to see someone got it done :D

    Be good to see some shots from the dome after your night visit. :D
     
  4. Stopford_lad

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    well in lad !be careful though, wouldn't want to get banned from this magnificent shopping mecca :rolleyes:
     
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    good effort on this one, many nights spent looking at it but never got it done
     
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    There's always the wonderful Arn of Dale. Excellent stuff Mr. Wolf. :thumb
     
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    City centre much better than Trafford. Nice one, Stephen :)
     
  8. Stephen_wolf

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    Thanks guys, I think it's going to all look so much better at the top of the dome, the only issue is, my camera will not take night photos!
     
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    Good stuff!!
     
  10. Indecisive Moment

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    Why won't it take night photos?
     
  11. tweek

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    Yeah, nice one!! But you should have just gone up the dome - I bet no one would've noticed either. Plus, why give yourself a reason to ever return here!

    A bit like Jobs and morse, the idea has been there, and I've scoped out routes to get up externally before, but never shown it any real commitment. I usually want to get away from the Trafford Centre almost as soon as I step foot inside it.
     
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    Nice Report! Have been wondering when this place would be conquered!
     
  13. The Lone Ranger

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    Good effort :thumb

    Spent many an hour up here years ago changing light bulbs on the Domes and Pergola's, wish I'd taken my camera up with me.
     
  14. Stephen_wolf

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    Maybe I should have just saved myself an extra visit and just risked going up in the day. Might be a while before I go again. In response to indecisive, I use my smart phone so there just isn't enough lux to take a decent night photo, however the Trafford Centre does actually illuminate itself at night, so that might help a little. I never actually saw an external route, likely due to being fixated on an internal one, what make you want to get away from the Trafford Centre so soon tweek?
     
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    Cause it's a horrible, cheaply-rendered, temple of hell.
     
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