Star Wars fighters do battle above lawyer heads in Manchester

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By Judge John Hack on

Office block lobby in building that houses three leading law firms has been turned into dreamland for the film’s addicts


Star Wars film junkies are currently wetting themselves at the prospect of yet another dose of a franchise that many argue should never have gone beyond the 1977 original.

And now any lawyer fans at the Manchester offices of law firms Pinsent Masons, Shoosmiths and DAC Beachcroft have more than just the recently released trailer for The Force Awakens to whet their appetites — they can actually duck beneath two Star Wars battleships as they slog into their office block each morning.


The lobby of 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields is currently home to an installation by an artistic double act known as Heavy Petal.

Vinny Smith is the principal designer and sculptor, while Andrew Gibson is the lighting specialist. Between them they have created versions of the Interceptor and the X-Wing Fighter, which, aficionados of the Galactic Empire will need no reminding, are the Spitfire and Hurricane equivalents in a that galaxy that is far, far away.

Unfortunately for the lawyers, the fantasy ends when they get to their upstairs offices to find the same very close and humdrum client files on their desks.

Watch the new Star Wars:The Force Awakens official trailer below