"I'm not prepared to accept this (Academy planning proposal) unless there's a very clear commitment that the building will not be demolished" Councillor Derek Antrobus, Lead Member Planning Feb 2007…
December 2010: Votes to demolish it.
Labelled as "the most important building in Salford" by objectors at a planning meeting three years ago, the massive iconic Central Salford Mission building now lies in a pile of rubble, wiped so fast off the face of the city that you have to do a double take to reassure yourself that it was once there. Wiped before the Archbishop of York and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who visited MediaCityUK last week, could clap eyes on it.
The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said during the visit "Although Media City is going to bring in wealth to the city, God will be watching". Hope he wasn't watching this old church and community hub being bulldozed...
The Mission building, which celebrated its centenary three years ago, was praised by Salford City Council's own officers at the planning meeting in 2007. They wrote that "Its value is identified as being in its tremendous townscape presence at this important gateway to the Quays, the architectural quality of its impressive faēade and its historic association with the Ordsall community".
Now the Mission is a hole in the ground, being prepared for the controversial Oasis Academy MediaCityUK high school. And another piece of Salford's heritage has bitten the dust.
For further details and a history of Salford Central Mission click here and then click here
To see Councillor Antrobus get his Mary Burns Award click here
And see Salford Council's Mary Burns Award for Oasis Academy MediaCityUK click here