The familiar city centre structure was removed as part of the construction of a new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC)
This time-lapse video captures the demolition of the Faraday link bridge at the University of Manchester.
The familiar city centre structure was removed as part of the construction of a new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).
Due for completion in 2017, the centre will be at the forefront of research into the material Graphene.
University bosses hope the GEIC will cement the Oxford Road corridor and surrounding area as the Silicon Valley of further Graphene discoveries.
Sackville Street was closed for one weekend last month while the bridge was removed, and a camera was set up to capture the entire project.
A spokesman for the University of Manchester said: “The demolition was successfully carried out over the weekend of Friday 4 to Monday 7 March. The GEIC will fill a critical gap in the commercial ecosystem for graphene research and development and application in the UK.”
At a miniscule one atom thick, Graphene is the world’s thinnest material.
Deputy President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Bailey, said: “Research and development in graphene and 2D material applications will transform the world.
“The worldleading knowledge base is here in Manchester and to harvest this knowledge, for the benefit of the economy and society more widely, urgent infrastructure facilities are required.”
The material has been known to scientists for many years but was only successfully extracted by University of Manchester scientists, Prof Andre Geim and Prof Kostya Novoselov, in 2004. In 2010 they both received the Nobel Piece Prize for Physics.