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Arndale Centre

Arndale Centre
Manchester ENG United Kingdom

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1972
  Finished1979
Floor Count21
Building Uses
 - office
 - parking garage
 - residential
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - station
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - mall
 - sign
Architectural Style
 - modern

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof295 ft

Description
Architects: Hugh Wilson & Lewis Womersley

The Arndale Centre features a 21 storey office tower above a 2 storey podium containing over 200 shops, a 1800 space multi-storey car park and residential flats.

It is disliked by many because it is clad in unattractive yellow tiles which earned it the nickname 'Europe's largest public toilet'.

It is said to be the lowpoint in Manchester's architectual history.

When it was opened in 1980 it was the largest covered town shopping centre in Europe.

Many of the yellow tiles will disappear as around half of the original building was recently demolished and is currently being rebuilt.

Part of the Arndale Centre was destroyed by an IRA attack in Manchester city centre on June 15th 1996, injuring over 200 people.
More information: http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/buildings/bombing.html

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