Five things you didn't know about Salford

by Jade Comben Thu 3 September 2015, 11:35 am

So September is here and after a fairly busy August the 3Fox team are excited to be getting into a whole array of events this month.

The Lowry in Salford

First up is the ACES Conference 2015. ACES is the annual two day gathering of public sector property professionals in one place at one time. Public sector property professionals will meet to be updated on the latest issues affecting their profession, to exchange and disseminate good practice and to enjoy the most highly anticipated ACES event of the year, including the renowned ACES gala dinner. This year the conference is in Salford. So to get ourselves in the mood for this great event here are five things that you probably never knew about Salford…

Salford is the home to Media City

Ok, so lots of people probably knew about this one. However, far from being home to just BBC and ITV studios the space also houses the University of Salford and leading international healthcare group BUPA. It is also home to several event venues including The Lowry where this year’s ACES Conference will be held.

It has its own sports stadium

Think of greater Manchester in terms of sport and your mind probably goes straight to Manchester City or Manchester United – whose Old Trafford stadium is in Salford. However these two sporting giants aren’t alone in greater Manchester. The AJ Bell stadium in Salford is home to the Sale Sharks rugby union team. The stadium has a capacity of 12,000 and in 2013 was host to the Rugby League World Cup.

It is a pioneer of street lighting

Chapel Street in Salford was the first street in England to be lit by gas in 1806, entering a new era in street lighting technology. Salford is always the place of England’s first unconditionally free public library.

It is big on the music scene

One of the most famous photographs of The Smiths shows them standing outside the Salford Lads Club and was featured in the artwork of their album The Queen is dead. It is also the birth place of Morrissey. Justin Timberlake’s Lovestoned and Timberland’s The way we are video were also both filmed in Salford. Timberlake’s was filmed directly in the space next to where the ACES conference will be held.

Salford has been a site of major regeneration.

Suffering from huge unemployment and poverty in the 1960’s and 1970’s the regeneration in the area that began in the early 2000’s has seen the area come back to life. Between 2003- 2009 £44 million was invested in central Salford with “modern, sustainable housing” being built. Other housing projects have focused on rebuilding and remodelling existing housing to provide affordable homes. Media City UK, as discussed above, is now the central point of UK media production.

The team here at 3Fox are very much looking forward to our trip to Salford and what promises to be an informative and interesting ACES Conference.

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