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Great Northern Warehouse

The Great Northern Warehouse
General information
Location Manchester, England
Address 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN
Current tenants AMC Theatres, [Lifestyle Fitness],[All Star Lanes], [Manchester 235 casino], NCP Manchester Ltd
Construction started 1885
Completed 1898
Renovated 1998
Owner Capital & Regional
Landlord Capital & regional
Design and construction
Architect A.Ross
Structural engineer W.T.Foxlee
The Great Northern Official Website

The Great Northern Warehouse is the former railway goods warehouse of the Great Northern Railway in Manchester city centre, England. It has been redeveloped as a car park and leisure complex. The building is located at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street in the city centre. It was granted Grade II* listed building status on 3 October 1974.[1]

The warehouse is "a hugely impressive block, of blue brick below (and) red brick with blue brick dressings above."[2] It was built to be fireproof with a steel frame, and built on a rectangular plan, 267 feet long by 217 feet wide and five storeys high, with 27 windows on the east and west sides and 17 windows on the north and south ends. All four sides have friezes lettered in white brick reading "Great Northern Railway Company's Goods Warehouse".[1] The warehouse was built above the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, and a dock beneath was constructed to allow goods to be transferred to and from canal barges via shafts and a complex system of haulage using hydraulic power.[2] It is a "unique survival of a three-way railway goods exchange station, serving the railway, canal and road networks of the Manchester region."[1]

The development is owned by Capital & Regional and as of March 2013 comprises an AMC cinema, MCR235 casino, James Martin Manchester restaurant, All Star Lanes bowling alley, bar & restaurant, a Lifestyle Fitness gym, and a multi-storey car park operated by National Car Parks.


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  2. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare (2001), Manchester, Pevsner Architectural Guides, London: Penguin, p. 210,  
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