Gateway House, Piccadilly


Gateway House, Manchester, Richard Seifert & Partners, 1969

Changing trains at Manchester this morning, I popped out to look at Gateway House. I’ve always liked its sinuous curve, and I wanted a photograph of it. Sorry it’s a bit rubbish: the building is being redeveloped at present, so the gleam of the glass S has gone. It may be gone for good one day, despite the current work, for the City Council hopes to demolish it to make way for the new entrance to Manchester when – if! – HS2 ever happens.

Shades of “Dombey & Son” and the monstrous destruction caused by the building of the railway termini around St Pancras. I know no building stands for ever, but surely this is a landmark? And I gave blood here sometime in the early 1990s.

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