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UK Chapel Street Crane, Salford - March 2014 (Visited Dec 2013)

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So my first report - I haven't edited my latest stuff and who knows how long that will take, might as well start off somewhere :)

There's a crane up near me and every time I go out I can't take my eyes off it. Just a couple of issues with said crane, it has lots of security measures all around it, added to that the building being constructed belongs to my ex-employers . . . and so began my crane fixation . . . Utterly fascinated, I really needed a crane in my life, it came to the point where I was dreaming about cranes - that's how sad it was

I soon came across another crane, which looked very tempting. To be fair they are dotted all over town, it's just I never used to notice them before. Made some plans with a not so active member who knew his way round a tall structure. After two failed attempts we drove round trying to find others, I wasn't going to go home without climbing my first crane. As we were driving down I noticed the two cranes next to Chapel St. Pulled over and started looking for ways to get in. At one point it did seem impossible but soon enough we were in. I thought getting near the base of the crane was the hardest part until I started to climb the ladders - the never ending ladders that seemed to go on forever! As it was my first time, I was pretty knackered by the time I reached the top but that feeling of exhilaration and sense of achievement is worth every aching muscle . . . .

Unfortunately for me the story doesn't end there We were up there for about an hour, just getting comfortable when we noticed a police car down the side of the road with its lights flashing. So we waited to see if it moves and whether its presence was just a pure coincidence. After a short time the police car is still there but now two fire engines are making their way up the other side of the road! after a few minutes it was becoming apparent that they were there for us . . . the police and the firemen stood at the side of the road looking up at us! with no options now left but to make our way down. They explained that some nosy bouncer from a local bar/pub thought there were some drunks up on the crane, brilliant! How ironic, I get the police turning up on my first crane. The police were very nice and friendly and just followed procedures before letting us go - they even commented how this brightened up their evening, making a change from what they usually have to deal with. A bit gutted my first visit was cut so short but it was an evening full of adventures and excitement and I loved every minute of my time at the top

Some information regarding the construction from the net

Chapel Street is at the centre of the £650m Salford Central project to revitalise the area with 1,000 new homes, shops, offices and a European-style plaza.

The first major development at the Chapel Street regeneration area in Salford takes its name from a Vimto factory that was once nearby. The development of 83 apartments and 14 houses with the first homes being ready to move in to at the end of 2014 - early 2015 is adjacent to the Bell Tower pub will be called Vimto Gardens.

The scheme is part of the Salford Central regeneration project, which is being delivered by the English Cities Fund (EcF), a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal & General and The Homes & Communities Agency, in conjunction with Salford City Council. When complete, Salford Central, which is made up of two inter-dependent areas, Chapel Street and New Bailey, will create around 11,000 jobs, 220,000 square metres of commercial space, 849 homes and 390 hotel rooms.

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Cracking first Location share IM as a cool combination of write up and pics and glad to see you’ve your first crane under your belt.

Also good to see you managed one with a nice view and well worth the climb.

Shame about getting spotted but sounds like the Police more than cool about the whole thing.

Thanks for the share Bud :beer:

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