In pictures: Salford QuaysΓÇÖ MediaCityUK construction timeline
Photographer Mark Whitfield, an IT Manager based at an office in Salford Quays, has been keeping a photographic journal charting the construction of the acclaimed MediaCityUK development.
Mark’s MediaCityUK Photographic Timeline Journal is a fascinating account of the project, from the arrival of the very first digger back in June 2007, right through to present day developments. The journal now has a massive 14,000 photos, each one date-stamped to track the progress of the growing landmark.
The high-profile development has been a regular feature of the media, particularly as the BBC have acquired three buildings and will be moving several departments – including Children’s, Sport and Five Live – out of London to the new Salford Quays location in 2011.
The developers wasted no time with the foundations of the BBC’s site. “The speed at which the BBC main office concrete cores came out of the ground was impressive, almost at full height within a few weeks,” comments Mark, in a recent profile on LuvTheCity.com.
Mark has also created a MediaCityUK BBC North LinkedIn group, which currently has 1040 members – 231 of these members are BBC related staff – and is growing quickly.
Below images: Left – The empty MediaCityUK site as it looked in June 2007. Right – The same site, now nearing completion, in March 2010.
The construction of the three BBC buildings have now been completed and the keys handed over, with internal fit-outs of the offices and studios now underway.
As other buildings of the MediaCityUK development approach completion and the site reaches its final stages, the changes become less noticeable as construction workers focus on the finer details and contractors are brought in to fit-out the internal spaces.
Mark comments: “As the development is nearing completion, I’m finding it much harder to see the day-to-day changes, such is the amount of scaffolding, iron and brickwork on the site.”
Visit Mark’s MediaCityUK photographic journal to see the latest updates and to a full timeline of progress.