The Control Room is main hub of the studio and the area that contains the steel beam from the HaçiendaThis was acquired by Gary Sargent, from an auction of memorabilia that took place when the club was finally demolished, to make way for an apartment block,  on 25th November 2000.

The Control Room

Control Room
Empty Control Room
Hacienda Steel Column
Hacienda Dance Floor

Gary Sargent -- The beam came about when the members of Northern Congress, Chris Goodwin, Paul and I, where sat in the old control room, now the office area, discussing expansion plans for the new control area, which at the time had just been constructed and was still an empty space.  Paul was saying that he needed a steel beam for an idea that he had in mind and was trying to explain his idea to me, to be honest I had no idea what he meant at the time.  I was trying to think  of places I could get hold of such a thing, but was getting nowhere.  We had finished recording for the night and Chris and I were getting off home.  We were talking about the auction that I was going to the next day, Saturday, of Hacienda memorabilia, which was actually parts of the club that had recently been demolished to make way for some new apartments.  We had both been regulars at the club, during the heady days of the late 80's and early 90s.

The club had meant a great deal to both me and Chris, as we not only had been regulars, experiencing the birth of the House Music scene, but we had been involved in others ways too.  Chris has been involved with the Manchester music scene for years, in bands such as The High.  I had been involved with K-klass, as a Tour Manager, who played at the club on numerous occasions. 

I went to the auction in Manchester, with the sole purpose of getting something small and ended up buying a brick, which was pretty good value at, if I remember, about £4.  It was green and had been part of the gay traitor bar.  There were plenty of bricks and things, that were being sold in bulk, from a make shift stall at the back of the auction room. 

The auction started and there was all manner of things from Urinals to Art work. There was certain parts of the club like the seating from the corner, under the balcony were we used to sit and the DJ booth, which was purchased by Bobby Langley, a local Manchester DJ, who had himself, along with the likes of Mike Pickering, Steve Williams and Greame Park, used the booth.  Conducting the steaming mass of dancers below, leading them on a hypnotic dance, enchanted by the rhythms they were playing.

Lot No. 62 was called as, one of the steal beams that had been the columns on the dance floor, pictured above.  All of a sudden the conversation that I was having with Paul the night before came into my head and I though--nice one.  I think the bidding started at £10, then went to £20, I stuck my hand up and bid £30.  No further bids were taken and I was the proud owner of a steel beam.  I think the others went for between £80 and a £100 or so.  I'm sure Peter Hook from New Order bought the yellow and black striped one, that can be seen in the foreground, ours is the red one the furthest away. 

There is still as sticker on the beam that reads "They steal our dreams, then sell them back".


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