Albert Bridge House Manchester

Just saying hello again, to an old friend.

Hello!

Albert Bridge House sitting sedately in a riverside setting in the autumnal afternoon sun.

Beside the Irwell, the west north western face warmed by the last rays of the day.

An imposing block eighteen storey tower, concrete framed and stone clad – designed by EH Banks for the Ministry of Works, surrounded by lower outlying buildings – featuring a delightfully wavy roof, and an almost playful Corbusian service tower.

Look a little closer and you’ll see a delightful group of defunct letter boxes and a hidden mosaic – playfully tucked away above the doorway to the Assessment Centre.

Ian Nairn in Britain’s Changing Towns, believed it to be:

Easily the best modern building in Manchester, and an outstanding example of what good proportions and straightforward design can do.

Go take a peep.

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