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Report - Victoria Arches/Cathedral Steps Update - June 2010

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Ojay, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Ojay

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    Victoria Arches/Cathedral Steps Update

    (Various Re-visits Ojay/Stepping Lightly + Others)


    My original thread HERE

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    Codename 'Irwell City Park' I first read about this HERE

    Here is an artists impression of the finished article for those that haven't seen it before

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    And a map of the whole project

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    PDF Link HERE


    Anyway, after months of speculation about supposed work etc going on underground in the 'Arches' I decided to go and take another look here to see what all the fuss was about.......

    The verdict, very little!

    Infact the only visible evidence is a number of bore holes in the brickwork at varying heights in strategic places and within specific 'Arches' that link back to the proposed plans above. A number of survey markings as shown in the pictures below with measurments marked up, again in specific places.

    There has also been a few smaller 'digs', again in strategic areas which on closer inspection appear related to the proposed CATHEDRAL WALK BRIDGE.

    This links back to the following findings by Stepping Lightly in July 2009

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    These 'Test Digs' it's fair to say are in relation to the foundations that will be required to support the new structure. It also appears that despite the plans they may only be utilising the top section of the arches, IE Arches 1 to 10 as this is where the majority of the findings were observed.


    Here are a few photos of some of the changes


    Dig in Arch 2, this is where the CATHEDRAL WALK BRIDGE will be constructed

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    Survey markers, these were all over Arches 1 and 2

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    Test bore; hole at 2.5m. Again these were found in various places throughout Arches 1 - 10.

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    Cores from test bores

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    Measurements in Arch 8

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    Continued.......
     

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  2. Ojay

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    Whilst here I took a few more pictures of which I either missed on previous visits or have some historical importance


    Original Lighting & Ventilation Plant in Arch F

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    Original stone footings for Victoria Bridge

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    Left over apparatus from the Manchester Electricity Department testing station

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    Original street level, as can be seen sloping down just under the ventilation pipe below the top Arch

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    from the otherside you can see the sloping level above the brickwork and extending beyond the door way

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    here it is again, just above the brick dust

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    'Drinking Water' sign

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    Wardens Post in Arch 2

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    Power cables

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    Strengthened Arch

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    Entrance in Arch 15 from River Irwell

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    Public Convenience, Arch 4

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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
  3. Oldskool

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    nice one for the update was planning a revisit shortly i wondered what the pipe shape things were now i know....
     
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    Very nice report, i need to get back there soon.
     
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    Great set of pictures that, good eye for the hidden things there.
     
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    Yeah interesting & informative report not to mention great photography.
     
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    Thanks guys, just wanted to keep up-to-date on developments, or rather lack of them.

    Looks like they are stalling to come up with the $$$$$$ :D
     
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    i need to get my arse to manchester soon and do this!!

    thanks for the info Ojay!
     
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    A couple more little unseen pic's form that little hole 18ft up in arch 1...

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    Not a lot to see but....

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    These are of the old way into the arches.
     
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    You mean this little hole 18ft up :D

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  11. stepping lightly

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    It is nice to see a new angle on things , a cracking thread Ojay
     
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    well if people would stop setting off air horns in front of the cctv.........ill catch ya
     
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    I need to get there for some light painting before this whole redevelopment properly commences
     
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    took me 12 months to get in hahaha
     
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    Nice report man, this is one of my must see things
     
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