Christmas Lights at Media City UK #1

For today and the following two days. I’m taking you for a walk with me around Media City UK. First of all, a brief explanation of what and where MediaCity UK is.

MediaCityUK is located on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford, Greater Manchester, England. The principal tenants are media organisations, the Lowry Theatre and the University of Salford. There is also a shopping Mall – The Lowry Outlet.

The 200-acre site has its own energy generation plant and communications network. The BBC moved many jobs from London to the Salford Quays site in 2006. The ITV Granada organisation completed the first phase of its move to MediaCityUK in March 2013, followed in two stages by the northern arm of ITV Studios. The second stage involved a move to a new production facility on Trafford Wharf next to the Imperial War Museum North. Naturally, a hub like this has attracted many companies that have complementary interests.

The views from the television studios over the canal and quays form an attractive backdrop to many of the daily regional and national news broadcasts. In the two photographs above, you will see, for example, the entrance to the Lowry Outlet Centre and the Imperial War Museum North.

I haven’t shown you any of the festive lights yet because it was still mid-afternoon when I arrived – not yet sunset – but I felt a need to provide a context. This place is not the same as a conventional city centre. The image above shows part of the BBC studios facing a bridge that leads across to some ITV studios.

The photos are in no particular order – just to show you the main buildings before sunset approaches. Above you see some more BBC buildings, a University of Salford tower block and another ITV building.

This final shot for today’s post provide a closer look at the Imperial War Museum North. Tomorrow we begin to see lights being switched on as sunset approaches.

The featured photo today shows the entrance to the popular Lowry Theatre.

EXIF data: All photographs were taken using my Fujifilm X-T4 26 MP cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera together with A Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 lens. Shutter speed 1/500 secs @f/4 and 16 mm. ISO was 6400.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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