Great Northern Warehouse

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The Great Northern Warehouse
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General information
Location Manchester, England
Address 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN
Coordinates 53°28′38″N 2°14′57″W / 53.47722°N 2.24917°W / 53.47722; -2.24917Coordinates: 53°28′38″N 2°14′57″W / 53.47722°N 2.24917°W / 53.47722; -2.24917
Current tenants AMC Theatres, Lifestyle Fitness, All Star Lanes, Manchester 235 casino, NCP Manchester Ltd, Breakout Manchester
Construction started 1885
Completed 1898
Renovated 1998
Owner Capital & Regional
Landlord Capital & Regional
Design and construction
Architect A.Ross
Structural engineer W.T.Foxlee
The Great Northern Official Website

The Great Northern Warehouse is the former railway goods warehouse of the Great Northern Railway in Manchester city centre, England, which was refurbished into a leisure complex in 1999. The building is at the junction of Deansgate and Peter Street. It was granted Grade II* listed building status in 1974.[1]

The warehouse was built to be fireproof with a steel frame on a rectangular plan, 267 feet long by 217 feet wide and five storeys high, with 27 windows on the east and west sides and 17 windows on the north and south ends. All four sides have friezes lettered in white brick reading "Great Northern Railway Company's Goods Warehouse".[1] It was built above the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal, and a dock beneath was constructed to allow goods to be transferred to and from canal barges via shafts and a complex system of haulage using hydraulic power.[2] It is a "unique survival of a three-way railway goods exchange station, serving the railway, canal and road networks of the Manchester region."[1]

The development is owned by Capital & Regional and comprises an AMC cinema, MCR235 casino, James Martin Manchester restaurant, All Star Lanes bowling alley, bar and restaurant, a Lifestyle Fitness gym, and a multi-storey car park operated by National Car Parks.


  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Deansgate Goods Station and Attached Carriage Ramp (1268529)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 October 2012 
  2. ^ Hartwell, Clare (2001), Manchester, Pevsner Architectural Guides, London: Penguin, p. 210, ISBN 0-14-071131-7