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Deansgate Square Manchester – photographs from the top

Our chief photographer has, sadly, never had a great head for heights and so it was with some trepidation that he was despatched to the under-construction Deansgate Square in Manchester city centre.

Manchester city centre skyline view from the top of a new skyscraper. Deansgate Square Manchester - photographs from the top floor by manchesterphotographer.com

Manchester city centre as viewed from floor 54 of the the new Deansgate Square, Tower 1 – photographs from the top floor by manchesterphotographer.com

A new client booked us as photographers for a case-study of one of their graduate trainees.

a graduate working on a new city centre skyscraper in Manchester

Deansgate Square Manchester – photographs from the top floor by manchesterphotographer.com

So, after a few shots on the ground it was very good of Renaker Construction to grant access to the tallest of the new towers. This main tower will reach 64 stories when complete, topping out at 201 metres. And that’s just one of four such towers that will be slightly smaller.  We got to the then top, floor 54, as Hanson continued to pour the concrete above for the next ten floors of West Properties mega investment. It’s a daunting ride in an external goods lift that’s fastened to the side of the building…and there’s not much in the way of walls, windows or even fencing to soothe the acrophobic once you reach the top. But what a view it offers over Manchester and beyond.

Looking up to new skyscrapers being built in Manchester

The view of Tower no. 2 (left) and Tower no. 1 (right) from the ground.

In total the four new towers (previously known as the owen Street Towers) will provide 1508 apartments…luxury apartments at that! Some of these will even have their own private winter gardens. Those who can’t run to that will still have access to the 25m swimming pool, a tennis court…and what will surely be the best rooftop garden in the UK.  The mighty Beetham Tower once looked incongruous in the city centre at 169 metre tall – now you can see over the top of it…and directly in to Architect, Ian Simpson’s legendary penthouse apartment, with its olive grove. Still, he can’t complain, Simpson’s very own architectural practice, Simpson Haugh have also designed Deansgate Square for developer.

a view of Manchester's Beetham Tower as seems from a neighbouring skyscraper at Deansgate Square.

Ian Simpson has invaded his own privacy, with the new neighbours getting a great view into, and above, his 169m high penthouse.

The first tower is set to open in Spring 2019 and will be the second tallest building in the UK – just nine floors lower than the 309m (1013ft) Shard in London. You can find further info here.

Deansgate Square Manchester – photographs from the top floor by manchesterphotographer.com

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Photographing the National Youth Orchestra in Manchester

We had the great pleasure to be photograph the National Children’s Orchestras’ concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester recently.

A young violinist from the National Concert Orchestra tunes up ahead of her performance.

Practicing ahead of the main concert.

The event is the culmination of a week of tuition and practise for this extremely talented group of youngsters. It’s a great subject for a photographer and we really enjoyed following everything from the rehearsal through tuning up and the finale.

The NCO was founded in 1978 by Vivienne Price MBE. Price, a violin teacher, had set up a number of local orchestras for children in Surrey but was acutely aware of the lack of national opportunities for younger musicians. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain had existed since 1948 and there were many regional youth orchestras which catered for teenagers, but younger children struggled to fit in socially and so Price established the NCO.

Each orchestra meets once or twice a year at residential courses around the UK, where they receive training from leading music tutors and conductors. Main and Under 13 Orchestras have a nine-day course in the spring and another nine-day course in the summer, ending in a public concert in a major venue, as well as a non-residential winter weekend. the Under 12 Orchestra has 2 courses a year with one public concert and one for friends and family. The younger orchestras (Under 11’s, 10’s and Training Orchestra) have an eight-day course in the summer, ending in a concert for friends and family. The courses are spent in sectionals and full orchestral rehearsals, preparing repertoire to be played at the end of course concert. There is also time to explore other music and for recreation.

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Press photographers Manchester

We went to capture some press photographs of patients at St Ann’s Hospice as they experienced an element of the traditional seaside – when a former beach donkey, named Charlie came to visit.

A therapy donkey visits patients at a hospice

Photographing Charlie the donkey and patient, Geneva on a visit to St Ann’s Hospice, Manchester.

As we always say, it’s never a dull job as a commercial photographer and you get to see many interesting aspects of life at close quarter. Especially touching to see people who are nearing the end of their lives come to life and express such emotion when they are given such a nice surprise. Charlie was one of a group of donkeys who worked in Scarborough before retiring to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Manchester centre, where he is involved in assistive therapy. Now, aged 10, Charlie left best friend Pringle for a visit to staff, carers, patients and their loved ones at the hospice in Heald Green.

The visit was arranged by Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) – a partnership between Manchester NHS clinical commissioning Group and Manchester City Council – as part of their ongoing plans to bring more personal choice in where and how people receive palliative care. It also represents the holistic and flexible nature of hospice care.

During the visit Charlie, who is known for his love of ginger biscuits, met patients and staff in the courtyard and went to bedroom windows so that everyone could see him. Day care patient Genevieve Grey, 80, was especially happy to meet Charlie.

A therapy donkey helps patients who have terminal illnesses.

“Donkeys have a natural emotional intelligence and react positively to human contact. There’s something very pure about seeing an animal in front of you. There’s no judgement and it takes a lot of people back to their childhood.”

Adele Crompton, An equine coach and coordinator who has worked at The Donkey Sanctuary in Manchester.

 

The PR photographs did well in the press, being picked up by Metro and ITV, amongst others.

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Manchester event photogrpaher

Into Manchester to photograph a customer event for a new client, Payoneer, earlier this month. The event photography took place at the  ‘etc.venues’ conference centre on Portland Street, Manchester.

Corporate team photograph, Manchester

The Payoneer UK team at etc.venues, Portland St, Manchester – July 2018

Guests at a conference in Manchester listen to a speaker.

Payoneer at etc.venues, Portland St, Manchester – July 2018

Founded in 2005 Payoneer is a financial services company providing online money transfer and digital payments.

Payoneer at etc.venues, Portland St, Manchester – July 2018

Corporate team photograph, Manchester

Manchester photographer for conference and events photography

Manchester photographer for conference and events photography

Manchester photographer for corporate headshots.

The company is utilised for online payments by a host of leading online retail brands, including Amazon, Google and AirBnB. Account holders can send and receive funds into their bank account, Payoneer’s e-wallet or onto a re-loadable prepaid Mastercard that can be used online or at point-of-sale. The company specialises in facilitating cross-border B2B payments. It provides cross-border transactions in more than 150 local currencies, utilising its banking network around the world to make local bank transfers.
Nice to have lots of nice bright sunshine and big windows up on the top floor to light the day. What a change from being a Manchester photographer in the gloom and the rain!
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Karen & Karl’s Wedding @ Manchester Brewing Company

OK, here’s a quick taster of the wedding photography (click the title above) we did for Karen and Karl as they got hitched last weekend….some 25 years since first meeting! Karen will receive all the photographs very shortly, but we didn’t want to keep everyone waiting for a peek, and so here’s a quick sampler:

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London Road Fire Station, Manchester- Building & Construction Photography

It looks like the long awaited development of London Road Fire Station is soon to get underway. We were recently tasked with capturing some general views of the building’s façade ahead of contractors moving in to assemble a scaffold.
Photography of London Road Fire Station building piccadilly by Manchester Photographer
Allied London is due to develop the historic and beautiful site – long delayed after being owned by Britannia Hotel group. Boo! Never stay in a Britannia Hotel!
The newly restored building will see the former fire station transformed to host an array of attractions, including a boutique 91-room hotel, offices, apartments, a cinema, a luxury spa and bars and restaurants.
The development could open as early as summer 2019.
New owners Allied London said the multi-million pound plans would ‘breathe new life’ into the building.

Welcoming the planning committee’s decision, they said the scheme’s focus was always on ‘protection and preservation’ to ensure the Grade II-listed building’s ‘Edwardian charm’ remained intact.

Original features, including the slate roof, timber, brickwork, stone and tiles will be preserved.

Allied London

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The Alchemist Cocktail Bar- Food & Beverage Photography Manchester

Manchester Photographer visited The Alchemist Cocktail Bar & Restaurant at Salford Quays/Media City to capture their new cocktails & gins for summer .

An array of Absolute Vodka cocktails photographed on top of a bar with their ingredients manchester photographer

The Alchemist is a gleaming golden building, situated right in the middle of the bridge connecting Salford Quays to MediaCity, has been a huge talking point thanks to its extraordinary exterior, and was opened in June 2017.

The bar’s outdoor terrace offers stunning views across the Manchester Ship Canal and a vista of all of MediaCity’s creative hubs including the BBC’s studios and Coronation Street’s studios, as well as the neighbouring Lowry Theatre and across to the Imperial War Musem.

The Alchemist

Reid Architects

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Corporate Headshots Manchester

Freelance team portraits for business in Manchester business photographer UK

Team headshots