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‘Can we have our drone back please?’ Drone taking photos of MediaCity crashes onto balcony in Salford Quays apartment block

A drone being used to take pictures by the Peel Group veered into an apartment block in Salford Quays.

Residents at Sovereign Point, situated on The Quays, were asked to check their balconies for the small aerial device on Wednesday.

The drone was being used to take some photographs of signage recently installed by investment firm, the Peel Group.

During the flight, the unmanned camera was said to have developed a problem, before crashing onto a balcony at the sky rise apartments.

Properties inside the building can fetch anywhere up to £3,000 a month, as many boast panoramic views of the quays.



Residents at Sovereign Point, situated on The Quays, were asked to check their balconies for the small aerial device

A spokesperson for the Peel Group said no damage had been caused by the accident, and that the drone was retrieved without any issues.

Renovation work is currently being carried out by Peel on the ITV I’m A Celebrity studio at MediaCityUK.

The firm is known for landmark developments such as the Trafford Centre, MediaCity, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Tenants at Sovereign Point reported that workers had been pressing intercoms, asking: “Can we we have our drone back please?”

An email sent to residents asked them to check their balcony for the drone, and hand it in to reception.

“Peel were having some pictures taken by drone for outside design work on the shopping centre but the drone developed a problem and veered onto a balcony at Sovereign Point,” the email said.

“Could you check your balconies please and hand it in to the Sovereign Point desk.”

The Peel Group confirmed that the mishap occurred as a signage contractor was flying a small drone to take images of new signage.



Sovereign Point in Salford Quays

A spokesperson for the firm said: “We’ve been informed by the Quayside MediaCityUK team that yesterday our signage contractor was flying a small drone to gain images of the new signage which has recently been put in place.

“It did land on a tenant balcony, however it was retrieved with no issues.

“The only works that are currently ongoing is the ITV/I’m A Celebrity fit out.”


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