Regeneration Manchester

30 years of storytelling

By Len Grant

Regeneration Manchester

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5798-0
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: November 2020
  • BIC Category: Local Studies, ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial, ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-), ARCHITECTURE / General, Environmentally-Friendly Architecture & Design, City & Town Planning - Architectural Aspects, The arts / Architecture


In the last three decades the Manchester City Region has shaken off its post-industrial malaise and confidently elbowed its way on to the international stage. Following significant regeneration projects in both the public and private sectors, the cities of Manchester and Salford are now considered by many as exemplars of urban revival. One photographer has made this turnaround the subject of his creative career.

In Regeneration Manchester: 30 years of storytelling Len Grant charts each of his significant regeneration commissions, from the construction of iconic landmarks like the Bridgewater Hall and the Lowry to the creation of new neighbourhoods and the revival of historic districts. Drawing from his extensive photographic archive and private notebooks, Grant creates a personal story of an unprecedented period in his home city's recent history.


Introduction: Manchester 1990
Dead Arty, 1988
Faces of Change: Salford's New Era, 1991
City Shapers, 1991-92
Hulme, 1992-97
Arena, 1992-95
The Bridgewater Hall, 1993-96
After the Bomb, 1997-99
The Lowry 1997-00
Manchester Airport's Second Runway, 1997-00
Ancoats, 1999-2008
Gorton Monastery, 2000-08
Imperial War Museum North, 2000-02
New Islington, 2001-10
(including Our House, 2006)
Maine Road football ground, 2003-04
East Manchester, 2004-10
Carver's Warehouse, 2007-08
Billy and Rolonde, 2008-09
Her First Year, 2011-12
Life Without Papers, 2012-13
As Rare as Rubies, 2013-14
1 Angel Square, The Co-operative's new head office, 2011-13
Trafford Town Hall, 2011-13
The Rusholme Sketcher, 2017-18
Mayfield Stories, 2019-


Len Grant is a freelance photographer, writer and artist. He has been documenting the city of Manchester and its regeneration since the early 1990s through exhibitions, articles and several books.

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