Despite being a good few miles inland, the building of the ship canal meant that, for a while, Manchester used to be one of the busiest ports in England. No longer. Today the docks has been revedeloped as “Salford Quays” with retail and office developments plus the Lowry gallery and Theatre and the Imperial War Museum north, all housed in modern buildings.
But there is still a reminder of the area's former use. Standing a little neglected at the former entrance to the docks there's a distinctive Aart. Deco building, the former dock offices.
The building was designed by Harry Fairhurst and Son, a firm of northern architechts who were responsible for a number of buildings in Manchester.