Demolition is ongoing at a former Salford community pub to make way for a new apartment block.
Hyde Park Corner on Silk Street, near Salford University, is to be replaced by an L-shaped three-storey corner block made up of 38 flats.
The popular Joseph Holts pub was well used by locals in its day.
An original pub with the same name was built at the corner of Silk Street and Blackburn Street in 1901, before being totally rebuilt in 1991.
At the time the plans went through, SalfordOnline.com spoke to ex-manager Chris Hudson, who told us the sale of the pub had “ripped the heart out of the local community”.
The brewery, deciding the land was worth more than the pub itself, approved the sale to KKI 4 Land Ltd, a subsidiary of multinational buy-to-let developer Knight Knox International.
It closed the two storey pub in July 2015 citing it as “non-essential” for its estate.
Now demolition is well under way on site.
In its place will be this: a part three-storey, part four-storey block stretching across the front of Silk Street and Blackburn Street.
The developer doesn’t have to make any of the flats available for shared ownership or affordable rent, because of planning policy on building in areas of “lower land value”.
Five local residents sent in objections that the pub should be replaced with shops and services instead of more housing, saying that local roads were already too congested.
The plans were granted permission in February 2016.
Hyde Park Corner demolition images by Andy Pratt