I love what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and coverage!
Keep up the very good works guys I’ve included you guys to our blogroll.
Thank you kindly for your support and kinds words. It has been a long struggle and there is much work that still needs doing, but we are all very committed and its very humbling to hear all the support that we have had.
Why not save Ancoats Walk in NHS Centre across the road rather than a rotten crumbling useless old building????
The question is what do we value in our communities and should we as a tax paying community have a say over how our communities are shaped. The majority of this country would agree that we should.
In the case of Ancoats and indeed Miles Platting they have been subject to numerous social projects, which in my opinion have been little more than an excuse in land grabbing and social engineering at its very worse.
As specifically for Ancoats Dispensary in relation to the NHS Centre, why should the people of Ancoats always have to have one or another? Do these choices ever have to be made in more affluent areas like Didsbury for instance? The answer there is no.
Ancoats unlike any other area in Manchester as a very specific and unique history and irrespective of what people say every treasures their history. Be this their family and memories or in this case their dispensary.
Manchester has what should be by all terms and purposes a criminal record when it comes to its architectural heritage and sadly an estimated 90% of Ancoats historic buildings have already gone, which on many levels is a disgrace. Not just for sentimental or historical reasons, but for utter waste. Its costs more to demolish than to restore for the majority of historic building. Historic buildings also produce higher yields in terms of rents on average, with business in the majority looking specifically for historic buildings with character to lease and rent. Historic buildings can also enhance the landscape, whilst helping affirm and cultural and community identity. They also help drive tourism and local economy as seen at the Rocks in Sydney, Australia (similar population to Manchester), which was saved by passionate builders and the local community in the 1970s. It is now Sydney’s most popular tourist destination with over a million people visiting, bring in millions of dollars to the local economy. Ancoats has a far richer history, but too many people in power and indeed Manchester in general have allowed our city to be destroyed at a very high cost, both to the community and economically.
London is a very different beast to Manchester, but what it does that Mancunians alike have rarely done is take pride in their cities history. Because they know its important and indeed brings money to the city. If we keep going the way we are going in Manchester, soon people will grow tired of city that looks and acts like every other and know one will ever visit Manchester for its sun!
Use what we have, the Victorian heritage and use it well. Its the only history we have. We’re a young city that in the past changed the world and yet we have forgotten all that our ancestors achieved.
Look to the future like London, New York, Paris etc all of which take great pride in their architectural heritage, but also aim for the best going into the future – again we never do in Manchester. Our most modern architecture is appalling on the whole, with very few buildings to rival our Victorian heritage. Just not good enough in my opinion.
Just one last point, Ardwick Lads Club – one of the oldest lads club in the country was recently demolished by Manchester City Council. The official excuse was that it was of “no use”.
The building was intact with the workers quoted as saying that “there is not a slate or brick out of place”. The cost to replace this building would have been millions.
During demolition it came to light that the owners of AWOL Art Studios potentially would have took on Ardwick Lads Club as another studio and workplace for artists and creatives. Sadly that opportunity which would have cost next to nothing to put in place has been robbed from Ancoats. This is a Council that Mancunians sadly keep voting in. A Council that has an appallingly contempt for our communities and seeks t
o destroy a great many of them.
What’s happening at present? Heard a surveyer had been round and said it was sound. What’s the next step?
Hi Tracy and thank you for getting in touch. We are still ongoing with our negotiations with all concerned parties. You are very much welcome to pop down to our regular
meetings on Thursday, 7-9pm, Thompson Street Fire Station in Ancoats.
What a shame if this historical part of Manchester is bulldozed. Many ex patients and staff will have happy memories of Ancoats and it was a shame it was ever closed. Pat Kuryba nee Taylor
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