Basic Site Details

Name: Manchester Royal Infirmary: Piccadilly site
City or county: Manchester
Country: England
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Notes: Competition assessed by Alfred Waterhouse.

For most of Victoria’s reign Manchester Royal Infirmary (mostly the work of Richard Lane) had dominated the Piccadilly end of Market Street. However, by the end of the century moves were afoot to rebuild the hospital and in 1896 an architectural competition was organised, won by Edmund John Milner Allan who for the next six years was generally “messed about” by the Committee By 1902 matters had come to a head and the committee had finally to decide whether to proceed with the proposals or seek an alternative site. In July 1902, the scheme was abandoned in favour of finding a new site away from the city centre


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11896  Competition held


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 5(Sir) John William SimpsonArchitectA1896 Won competition
Item 2 of 5Edmund John Milner AllenArchitectA1896 Won competition
Item 3 of 5Simpson & AllenArchitectural practiceA1896 Won competition
Item 4 of 5Alexander Marshall MackenzieArchitectB1896 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 5 of 5Matthews & MackenzieArchitectural practiceB1896 Unsuccessful competition entry


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishingp119

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Daily Journal1896LXXI p79 (Matthews & Mackenzie)
Item 2 of 4British Architect4 July 1902  pp16-17 Extensive report
Item 3 of 4British Architect18 July 1902  p37 and illustration
Item 4 of 4British Architect25 July 1902  p57 - decision not to proceed with Piccadilly site.