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Former Hydraulic Power Station in Grounds of City College

A Grade II Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4813 / 53°28'52"N

Longitude: -2.2533 / 2°15'11"W

OS Eastings: 383285

OS Northings: 398315

OS Grid: SJ832983

Mapcode National: GBR DGH.S1

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.CR7J

Entry Name: Former Hydraulic Power Station in Grounds of City College

Listing Date: 23 July 1992

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1254724

English Heritage Legacy ID: 457830

Location: Manchester, M3

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


MANCHESTER

SJ8398 WATER STREET
698-1/16/426 (West side)
23/07/92 Former Hydraulic Power Station in
grounds of City College

II

Hydraulic power generating station, now part of college
workshops. 1907-9, altered. Red brick with sandstone
dressings, iron reservoirs, slate roof. Built on east bank of
River Irwell. Irregular rectangular plan at right-angles to
river. Baroque style. Two and 3 storeys, in form resembling
nave with aisles, the aisles flat-roofed and surmounted by
large rectangular reservoirs at the end close to the river,
with tower on south side. Asymmetrical 4-bay east gable end,
with stone plinth, banded pilasters, moulded cornice with
parapet ramped up to open-pedimented gable over 3rd bay; tall
segmental-headed windows in 2nd, 3rd and 4th bays, that in the
3rd bay with a doorway beneath, all mullion-and-transomed with
arched lights and small-pane glazing in the heads; pairs of
smaller but similar windows on 2 levels in the 1st bay, and
all these windows with triple keystones; narrow triple-light
window in gable with banded surround and arched lights. Glazed
clerestory; rectangular tower set back behind 1st bay, with
pilasters. West end (overlooking river) has 4 oblong 4-light
windows with glazing like that at the east end, gabled end of
nave over the 2 centre bays and panelled iron reservoirs on
the aisles. One of 3 built as part of system for supplying
hydraulic power to lifts and hoists of commercial warehouses
in city centre; continued in use until 1972. Very unusual
survival.

Listing NGR: SJ8328598315

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Description


MANCHESTER

SJ8398 WATER STREET
698-1/16/426 (West side)
23/07/92 Former Hydraulic Power Station in
grounds of City College

II

Hydraulic power generating station, now part of college
workshops. 1907-9, altered. Red brick with sandstone
dressings, iron reservoirs, slate roof. Built on east bank of
River Irwell. Irregular rectangular plan at right-angles to
river. Baroque style. Two and 3 storeys, in form resembling
nave with aisles, the aisles flat-roofed and surmounted by
large rectangular reservoirs at the end close to the river,
with tower on south side. Asymmetrical 4-bay east gable end,
with stone plinth, banded pilasters, moulded cornice with
parapet ramped up to open-pedimented gable over 3rd bay; tall
segmental-headed windows in 2nd, 3rd and 4th bays, that in the
3rd bay with a doorway beneath, all mullion-and-transomed with
arched lights and small-pane glazing in the heads; pairs of
smaller but similar windows on 2 levels in the 1st bay, and
all these windows with triple keystones; narrow triple-light
window in gable with banded surround and arched lights. Glazed
clerestory; rectangular tower set back behind 1st bay, with
pilasters. West end (overlooking river) has 4 oblong 4-light
windows with glazing like that at the east end, gabled end of
nave over the 2 centre bays and panelled iron reservoirs on
the aisles. One of 3 built as part of system for supplying
hydraulic power to lifts and hoists of commercial warehouses
in city centre; continued in use until 1972. Very unusual
survival.

Listing NGR: SJ8328598315

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