Manchester United Kingdom Architecture
Manchester has many architectural landmarks, varying from Victorian to modern architecture. Great part of them originates from industrial revolution period. With the course of time old warehouses were refurbished and converted in for other uses, but apart from renovation their exterior did not undergo drastic changes, so the city retains much of its authentic appearance.
The city has a complicated network of streets, squares and shopping centres. Significant part of the city centre is now pedestrianised, many other streets are given Metrolink or bus priority, thus the traffic in the centre is a challenge. One of the oldest thoroughfares is the Market Street. Many medieval streets in the centre were cleared as a part of 1970s city centre development. One of the last ancient streets is Long Millgate, bounded by gardens.
Main skyscrapers blocks were built in 60s - 70s, but in recent years interest for skyscrapers' construction was revived. Residential and office blocks fill the center of the city. Beetham Tower, completed in 2006, houses a Hilton hotel along with restaurant and residential properties and is the tallest building in UK outside of London.
Among the notable buildings the Bridgewater Hall, home of the Halle Orchestra, the CIS Tower, the tallest vertical array of solar cells, the City of Manchester Stadium, Victorian era London Road Fire Station, Manchester art Gallery, the Portico Library and Manchester Town Hall in magnificent Victorian Gothic Revival style. Urbis Museum, the museum of modern city, is a striking postmodern glass-and-steel building.
There are many monuments to the prominent people and honourable citizens, famous politicians and Royal Family members. There is Albert Square in front of the Town Hall with monuments to Prince Albert, Bishop James Fraser, Oliver Heywood, William Ewart Gladstone. Piccadilly Gardens have monuments dedicated to queen Victoria, Ropert Peel, James Watt and the Duke of Wellington.