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A TRIP INSIDE THE CRESCENT SALFORD POLICE STATION
 

Star date: 7th January 2018

THE DERELICT EXPLORER TOURS THE CRESCENT POLICE STATION

In the midst of all the development along the Crescent and Chapel Street, the old Salford Police Station HQ still stands empty as developers and Salford Council are at loggerheads over its future.

Meanwhile, Matt Holmes, the 'Derelict Explorer', managed to gain entry into the building and took some extraordinary photos... "The inside is extremely dangerous and deteriorated" he says but adds that "The building needs to be saved".

Full details here...


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Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station
Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station
Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station
Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station
Inside the Crescent Salford Police Station
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The imposing old Salford Police Station on the Crescent is a 1950s landmark, designed by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope, that was originally the headquarters of Salford City Police and C.I.D Division and, later, Greater Manchester Police Salford Division, before closing for good in 2008.

Apart from some artwork on its exterior, the old station has lay dormant ever since, until last year, when Stama Developments (Salford) Ltd submitted a planning application which would create 117 apartments within the complex and 23 townhouses attached to the site.

The development would have avoided £1,467,738 in planning fees but Salford Council's planning panel of councillors controversially rejected the application, not on the fee avoidance but on the grounds of design and green space (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

As that spat continues to simmer, the building has remained derelict, despite Salford Star calls for it to be opened for homeless people (see here). Recently, Matt Holmes, of the Facebook group Exploring Abandoned Buildings With The Derelict Explorer, gained entry and took some stunning photos, showing many of the original features intact...

"The inside is a mash of decay but a testament to a once busy police station" he says "The prison cells are there with the original doors, original cell windows original cell corridors.

"The police desk is over run by falling wallpaper and ceiling paint, the inside is extremely dangerous and deteriorated due to years of vandals having a free for all" he adds "Most importantly, though, the bricks and mortar are sound. The roof is stable providing a barrier of safety to the walls and floors meaning that the building is still in a condition that could be renovated; however the Council needs to act fast before deterioration to the supports happen.

"The Police HQ created many memories from people who have shared their experience to me on my Facebook page and that is why the building needs to be saved" he concludes "Generations of policemen dating right back to the 1950s all have memories of this building and therefore it holds a pivotal part to Salford's history and community."


To see more photos of the Crescent Police HQ see the Exploring Abandoned Buildings With The Derelict Explorer Facebook page – click here

See also Matt's previous Salford explore at the Victoria Theatre – click here


All photos by Matt Holmes


Edward wrote
at 19:35:18 on 07 December 2018
It's appalling that Greater Manchester Police (and other police forces) left perfectly good buildings which the taxpayer OWNED, so that they could build new ones financed by public private finance initiatives, which the taxpayer and future generations of taxpayers will pay dearly for. Salford City police station was purpose built and opened in 1957, so only 51 years old when the police left it. I read that it is reinforced concrete and only faced with brick, and that there is a huge nuclear war shelter underneath built for the city administration. It is probably better built than many of the new replacement stations. But, if it's the taxpayer paying, who cares?
 
Tarique Ghaffur wrote
at 08:24:40 on 09 January 2018
Great recollections of working there with fantastic cops. Thanks for a trip down the memory lane. Hope the great building survives.
 
Gordon Mckenna wrote
at 21:17:50 on 07 January 2018
I lived just off the Crescent when this great building was built, is this the next piece of Salford to Go down in Dust ??????? So Sad.
 
Debra wrote
at 21:17:36 on 07 January 2018
Such a beautiful, iconic building and situated in such a special area of Salford, it is an important part of our social past. It would be an atrocity to the area if it were to be turned into apartments. Bexley Square courts were lost to apartments and in my view Chapel Street and the Crescent is slowly losing its identity.
 
Keri wrote
at 13:43:16 on 07 January 2018
Yes more over priced appartments avoiding planning fees ! There are so many building in a state of repair in salford ? Homeless I doubt it, if only ! There's not even any policing on the streets any more ? Is there any hope left !
 
Gareth L wrote
at 13:43:04 on 07 January 2018
Great images - really interesting
 
Simon carter wrote
at 13:42:55 on 07 January 2018
We dont need or want any more flats, for easy profit on the crescent. Not much of it left, great idea to have both museums next to each other.
 
Holly wrote
at 12:18:58 on 07 January 2018
This should be turned in to a police museum for family’s and school trips be nice with there being the victorian one facing day out with a bonus of 2 museums next to each other
 
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