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Old January 30th, 2013, 06:33 PM   #101
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Time for an update.


Projects with exact dates

11th - Metrolink East Manchester Line will open as far as Droylsden
21st - Tim Bacon will begin work on his joint venture with two-Michelin Starred chef Aiden Byrne on new fine dining restaurant in Tower 12. Due to open in June.

Projects with non-exact dates

- Malmaison Hotel upgrade will begin with the creation of a new cafe and a late night bar
- Construction on Gary Neville's Hotel and Supporter's Club is due to begin in Old Trafford. 10 floors.
- Construction set to begin on the National Graphene Institute.






Also worth noting that the Construction Timeline is 1 year old today!
Construction on the Graphene Institute is will begin in March. Ground & foundation work anyway but its still construction.
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Construction on the Graphene Institute is will begin in March. Ground & foundation work anyway but its still construction.
I actually thought it had already begun construction?

Anyway thanks JS, will pop it onto March
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 04:45 PM   #103
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Things are looking rosy at the moment on a property development front so far this year. A lot of activity. I suppose the ultimate litmus test would be if the River Street Tower was built.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 07:01 PM   #104
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Two months into 2013, time for a recap:

- One St Peters is coming along nicely
- Metrolink has finally opened to east Manchester
- Construction is progressing well on the Etihad Campus
- Construction is progressing well on the Citilabs development
- Construction has started on the Whitworth Art Gallery Extension
- Construction has started on the National Graphene Institute
- Construction has started on the Birley Fields Campus
- Construction has started on the new hotel/retail development in Piccadilly Gardens which will hopefully reinvigorate that area
- Construction has started on Sillavan Way

Notice the words Construction has started - not on the drawing boards, not on hold but actually under construction. See, I'm not a pessimist as some suggest on here.

If you look at the dearth of work on other city forums think we're very lucky at the moment and are doing very well. The closest Leeds is getting to construction after Trinity and the Arena is completed is a re-clad of a 50 metre building. Birmingham is getting a re-clad of NS station, a large Tesco and a student block.

Looking good for rest of 2013:
- Manchester Victoria finally gets a new roof (should start next month)
- Possible renovation of the Midland Bank into a boutique hotel
- Redevelopment of the university on Booth Street/Oxford Road junction
- Overseas House development which looks promising now Bruntwood have refinanced
- Hotel Indigo near Victoria station looks promising now Co-op have raised £142 million from selling One Angel Square
- River Street Tower, that will be the ultimate acid test however confidence seems high in the property sector at the moment so it just may happen

And that's not even considering the continuing positive news about the lack of Grade A office space, hotel occupancy outperforming other cities, continuing grow at the Sharp Project and Project Digital which will give the office sector a big boost.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 07:24 PM   #105
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This also under construction:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-20168447
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 07:37 PM   #106
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Manchester is doing remarkably well given the terrible economic climate in the country as a whole.

The objective for the next few years will not be to build glittering skyscrapers like in the boom years, but to get the fundamentals right in terms of transport, education, building a diverse, sustainable economy, etc. so when the next boom eventually does appear we can take full advantage of it.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 07:56 PM   #107
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Absolutely, and again - Manchester leads the way;

- Metrolink trebling in size
- Northern Hub
- Ordsall Chord
- Victoria redevelopment
- HS2

and in education, Manchester University is basically rebuilding itself and MMU is U/C on Birley Fields
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:00 PM   #108
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Though I think js is being a bit harsh regarding Birmingham. There's actually a lot U/C construction there and I actually think they're a few months ahead of us - which considering that they're the only real competitor for 2nd city status is pretty bad.

New St station is being refurbished already, whilst we're still waiting on Victoria - and they're now constructing a John Lewis in their city centre, wheras there's no such plans for Manchester as of yet.

(Having said that - they're building 3 new Metro stops, we're building what? 80?)
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:07 PM   #109
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Though I think js is being a bit harsh regarding Birmingham. There's actually a lot U/C construction there and I actually think they're a few months ahead of us - which considering that they're the only real competitor for 2nd city status is pretty bad.

New St station is being refurbished already, whilst we're still waiting on Victoria - and they're now constructing a John Lewis in their city centre, wheras there's no such plans for Manchester as of yet.

(Having said that - they're building 3 new Metro stops, we're building what? 80?)
Something like that VDB. By 2016 there will be a 105 stops which is a terrific achievement. Considering it took London 150 years to build 270 Underground station (also the largest underground network in the world) then 105 stops in little over 20 years is impressive for Manchester.

I think was is very positive is that the ongoing developments are finely balanced so to speak. There is a fine spread of office, hotel, transport & educational developments. In most other cities its just the odd office development at the moment.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:12 PM   #110
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Two months into 2013, time for a recap:

- One St Peters is coming along nicely
- Metrolink has finally opened to east Manchester
- Construction is progressing well on the Etihad Campus
- Construction is progressing well on the Citilabs development
- Construction has started on the Whitworth Art Gallery Extension
- Construction has started on the National Graphene Institute
- Construction has started on the Birley Fields Campus
- Construction has started on the new hotel/retail development in Piccadilly Gardens which will hopefully reinvigorate that area
- Construction has started on Sillavan Way

Notice the words Construction has started - not on the drawing boards, not on hold but actually under construction. See, I'm not a pessimist as some suggest on here.

If you look at the dearth of work on other city forums think we're very lucky at the moment and are doing very well. The closest Leeds is getting to construction after Trinity and the Arena is completed is a re-clad of a 50 metre building. Birmingham is getting a re-clad of NS station, a large Tesco and a student block.

Looking good for rest of 2013:
- Manchester Victoria finally gets a new roof (should start next month)
- Possible renovation of the Midland Bank into a boutique hotel
- Redevelopment of the university on Booth Street/Oxford Road junction
- Overseas House development which looks promising now Bruntwood have refinanced
- Hotel Indigo near Victoria station looks promising now Co-op have raised £142 million from selling One Angel Square
- River Street Tower, that will be the ultimate acid test however confidence seems high in the property sector at the moment so it just may happen

And that's not even considering the continuing positive news about the lack of Grade A office space, hotel occupancy outperforming other cities, continuing grow at the Sharp Project and Project Digital which will give the office sector a big boost.
I still stand by my comments on recent threads but have to agree this is the most positive comment from you in recent times.

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Old February 25th, 2013, 10:32 AM   #111
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...The objective for the next few years will not be to build glittering skyscrapers like in the boom years...
There's plenty of glittering skyscrapers going up in London.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:23 PM   #112
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There's plenty of glittering skyscrapers going up in London.
Plenty? Really?

Slight exaggeration, I think you'll find just a few.

1. Leadenhall Street - 220m
2. Fenchurch Street - 160m
3. Bishopsgate - 171m

Three skyscrapers hardly signal boom time for the one of the world's largest cities.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 10:15 PM   #113
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SPRING 2013

Here's your timeline for the entirety of Spring 2013;


March 2013

Exact Dates

March 1st - All Star Lanes 8 pin bowling alley, cocktail bar, 80 cover restaurant, karaoke & indoor barbeque will open at the Great Northern Warehouse.

(Week Beginning) March 4th - The main work at Victoria Station will start with the current roof being taken down

March 12th - "The French" restaurant at the Midland will open with Michelin-Star chef Simon Rogan.



Non-Exact Dates

- Construction will begin on the 5 floor Graphene Institute on Upper Brook Street

- MIPIM property festival in Southern France

- Construction will begin on the Student Village at Birley Fields - 6-floor apartment blocks coupled with 4 storey townhouses

- The Halle Orchestra will move into the newly renovated St Peter's Church in Ancoats

- TfGM Cycle Hubs will be completed in Ashton, Rochdale and Sale to allow cyclists to store their bikes at Metrolink stops before travelling

- A restaurant aiming for a Michelin Star will open in Tower 12, Spinningfields. It'll be named "Restaurant and Lounce @ Manchester House" and will be run by Aiden Bryne and Tim Bacon. It'll also feature a roof terrace on the 12th floor.






April 2013

Exact Dates


April 2nd - Dogbowl Bowling Alley and Bar will open on Whitworth St West


Non-Exact Dates

- Manchester Airport's new control tower is due for completion

- Restaurant Bar and Grill - John Dalton St; new "Skybar" on the roof is due for completion

- **Construction due to start on 42 storey River St** - "Spring 2013, and subject to hurdles"

- 11 storey student accommodation - "Vita" - will start construction at First St North

- Metrolink's Passenger Information Screens will be switched on at stations throughout the city centre

- Mosely St Metrolink station will close, allowing for doubled-up trams. It'll be replaced by a new passenger information display

- Work will start on reopening the subway at Oxford Road station




May 2013

Exact Dates

No exact dates currently



Non-Exact Dates

- Sea Life Aquarium will open at Barton Square

- Infastructure will be in place for a new Water Taxi service between the City and the Quays. New piers & pontoons will allow passengers to board at the Lowry Hotel, Ordsall, Clipper's Quay, the Imperial War Museum and MediaCityUK.

- Construction set to start on 'Plot E3' - a 6 storey apartment block on Chapel St

- New Pizza Restaurant will open at the Avenue North; "Artisan" by Tim Bacon.





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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:25 PM   #114
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Do you mean the sandwich shop? I'd heard there was a big tunnel around there - please say that's what your talking about!?!?
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Do you mean the sandwich shop? I'd heard there was a big tunnel around there - please say that's what your talking about!?!?
The subway tunnel underneath the platforms will be reopened to improve disability access.

If I meant the sandwich shop I'd have put Subway with a capital S
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Two months into 2013, time for a recap:

- One St Peters is coming along nicely
- Metrolink has finally opened to east Manchester
- Construction is progressing well on the Etihad Campus
- Construction is progressing well on the Citilabs development
- Construction has started on the Whitworth Art Gallery Extension
- Construction has started on the National Graphene Institute
- Construction has started on the Birley Fields Campus
- Construction has started on the new hotel/retail development in Piccadilly Gardens which will hopefully reinvigorate that area
- Construction has started on Sillavan Way

Looking good for rest of 2013:
- Manchester Victoria finally gets a new roof (should start next month)
- Possible renovation of the Midland Bank into a boutique hotel
- Redevelopment of the university on Booth Street/Oxford Road junction
- Overseas House development which looks promising now Bruntwood have refinanced
- Hotel Indigo near Victoria station looks promising now Co-op have raised £142 million from selling One Angel Square
- River Street Tower, that will be the ultimate acid test however confidence seems high in the property sector at the moment so it just may happen
Well, its only been 2 weeks since I posted that but so much seems to have happened since:

- Ramada Devlopment - 35 storey applies for extended planning permission. Letter claims development will proceed again "in due course".

- Mayfield station is finally being redeveloped for MIF and beyond.

- Axis Tower seems to alive - "The building is due for completion Christmas 2014" so construction should start soon if that's the plan.

- Granada site possibly being bought by LandProp, Ikea's property group. Could be an exciting development. Fingers crossed.

- Expansion at Spinningfields with new market stalls and a possible 200,000 sq ft new office building.

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Thanks js. As mentioned in the other thread, things are looking up!
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As an addition to JS's point, we're actually beginning to rack up a serious number of midrises/talls here in Manchester now that look as though they're likely to be built..

Projects which are already U/C or will start construction in the next few months
Rumours/Hype, but fairly likely to get built

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No. 1 St Peter's Square | 14 Floors

Hotel la Tour | 14 floors

Motel One | 14 floors

Sillivan Way | 17 floors

Vita Student Accommodation | 14 floors


Axis Tower | 20 floors

MBS Refurbishment and Hotel | 20 floors

Hotel Indigo | 14 floors

River Street | 42 floors



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So that's...

- 1 building that's 40+ floors
- 2 buildings that're 20+ floors
- 1 building that's 17 floors
- 4 buildings that're 14 floors


Not bad

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And that's without mentioning Victoria Station's impressive new roof, work likely to start at Gateway House, Piccadilly; two new 14-story office blocks proposed around St Peter's Square (one of which is funded and awaiting a prelet), Metrolink, Northern Hub, University Improvements such as Graphene and Citylabs, as well as the massive student masterplan going on at Birley Fields in Hulme... proposals for a 24 storey and an 18 storey twin tower scheme at Exchange Quay, Soapworks; new office blocks at Ivy Wharf.... the list is growing

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APRIL 2013 UPDATE

Busy all weekend so here's the update for the next month starting Monday.

EXACT DATES

1st April - New entrance to Salford Crescent station will open

2nd April - Dogbowl bowling alley at Whitworth Street West will open

8th April - Lifestyle Fitness will open at the Great Northern

8th April - FirstBus will be reducing their Greater Manchester Fare Structure. GPS and Free Wifi will also be installed on all buses

8th April - Old Trafford Control Room for Metrolink will open, with the possibility of running trams to East Didsbury.



NON-EXACT DATES

- Manchester Airport's new Control Tower will ooen
- Airport City Enterprise Zone will begin construction
- Restaurant Bar and Grill, on John Dalton Street, will open their new "Skybar" on the roof.
- Work will start on reopening the subway at Oxford Road station
- "Vita" - 11 storey upmarket student accommodation at First St - will start construction
- Launch of the Manchester-China Forum to improve relations between us and BRIC nations and allow Manchester to become "China's Northern England gateway"
- Demolition of Hotel International on London Road to make way for construction of 14 floor Motel One building
- Metrolink's Passenger Information Displays will be switched on in the city centre
- Mosely St Metrolink stop will close, and a large new PID will be erected in its place.
- Metrolink will open to East Didsbury
- The "Dock Grill" will open at MediaCityUK
- Main work will begin on demolishing the roof at Victoria station to make way for major works



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- Mosely St Metrolink stop will close, and a large new PID will be erected in its place.
What's a PID?

I googled it but all I could find was "Pelvic inflammatory disease".
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