Saturday, 16 February 2019 at 9:00 am – Saturday, 16 February 2019 at 5:30 pm

The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure - Field Visit

Field Visit

Date: Saturday 16th February 2019

Time: 09.00-17.30

Location: Meet at outside Manchester School of Art, Benzie Building, Boundary St. West

Tickets: £25 - Available at: 

he field visit will take us by coach to Heysham 2 nuclear power station, designed by Powell and Moya and opened in 1981. We will also take in the sights of Forton (Lancaster) Services on the M6 and a few other Lancastrian infrastructural gems. Ticket sales will close 15th January 2019 to enable security protocols for rare access to this site.

In the post-war period large-scale infrastructural projects were built to match prevailing cultures, economic and political demands. The physically engineered landscapes that were produced signposted the rapid socio-economic and technological development following the cessation of conflict. The effect of such unprecedented and widespread infrastructural projects on both rural and urban landscapes was comparable to the impact of the industrial revolution in the UK.

The scope of the work not only impacted on the physical landscape, but also the collaborative roles of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning professionals. Co-operation and co-production were key in the British context and this mode of working informed new ideas and methods which in turn produced exceptional landscape compositions.

This multi-disciplinary conference and accompanying keynote event, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre, in collaboration with The Modernist Society, and hosted at the Manchester School of Architecture, will explore the relationships between landscape and architectural design in the production of infrastructure. Over four sessions examining Power, Roads, Urban Infrastructure and Transnational Infrastructure, speakers will explore the form, type, material, topography, composition and the relationships of these topics with the socio-cultural, political and economic settings of the post-war period.

Tickets can be purchased for all events separately, but there is also a combined ticket. Ticket sales will be administered via The Modernist Society and more details can be found on their website at

For more information, please contact:

Richard Brook ·

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