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Old September 18th, 2005, 01:59 PM   #1
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Irish World Heritage Centre, Cheetham Hill, North Manchester

Another interesting proposal for North Manchester.

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Irish World Heritage Centre could bring jobs bonanza for Cheetham

Plans for a new Irish World Heritage Centre complex in Cheetham, creating up to 750 new jobs, have moved an important step closer to realisation.

The City Council’s top-level Executive today, Wednesday 14 September, agreed to enter into an agreement making Teesland iDG as preferred development partner to deliver the scheme.

The proposals envisage the replacement of the existing Irish Centre with a new complex including a world-class museum and heritage centre, Gaelic football playing field and 100-bed hotel. It would also incorporate more than 200,000 square feet of employment space.

The existing Irish Centre in Cheetham Hill is a popular community facility used by a wide range of ethnic groups. But it is too small to meet demand and its current location has stopped it realising its full potential as a nationally and internationally significant attraction.

A 10.2 hectare (25.2 acre) plot of derelict land bounded by Queens Road, Manchester Fort Retail Park, Fairholme Caravan Park and the Metrolink line has been earmarked for the new complex.

The scheme going ahead is dependent on it gaining planning permission. Full consultation with residents is another pre-condition.

City Council leader Richard Leese said: “These plans have enormous potential . If we are successful not only will we have a vastly improved Irish World Heritage Centre able to provide activities for the whole community but also business activity providing hundreds of jobs . There is a long way to go yet but we are determined to deliver these objectives "

Michael Forde, chairman of the Irish World Heritage Centre Trustees, said: “This is a huge leap forward for the many supporters of this exciting project. Our vision is the establishment of a centre of excellence, which will provide unique visitor facilities, exhibitions, entertainment, sport and cultural activities and will sit well with the future dynamic vision of the city.”

Teesland iDG’s Managing Director, Andrew Slipper, said: “This development, following on the success of the Manchester Fort Retail Park, will complete the regeneration of the City Council’s Queens Road Site. Along with the new facilities for the Irish World Heritage Centre, the employment space we are providing will consolidate the revival of this important business district. This will be the most significant new development for the business community in Cheetham Hill in 25 years.”

Work on phase one of the project, which will include the new Irish World Heritage Centre, could start next year with completion of the entire scheme within four years.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:13 PM   #2
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There was a lot of talk about this a few years ago. I had assumed it went the way of the Shoah centre. But apparently not:

http://www.iwhc.com/project.htm

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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:23 PM   #3
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Interesting, thanks Potato. I always thought the main Irish community in Manchester were historically based in and around Levenshulme and longsight. I wonder why they have a such a significant base in Cheetham?

Regarding the above proposals I wonder what 200,000 sq ft of "emplyment space" means? Sounds ambitious. Lets hope this is not a euphemism for yet more large format shed-type retailing - surely the worst kind of short termist "regeneration" and something which Cheetham has been blighted with, with the new Manchester Fort retail park.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:26 PM   #4
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Looks pretty neat
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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:31 PM   #5
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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:51 PM   #6
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I'm curious though as to why the Irish World Heritage Centre is being built in Manc and not Dublin...
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Old September 18th, 2005, 04:21 PM   #7
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I'm curious though as to why the Irish World Heritage Centre is being built in Manc and not Dublin...
Because Manchester is the world, Accy.....
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Old September 19th, 2005, 12:25 AM   #8
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Irish World Heritage Centre? In Manchester?

Huh. Stupid. And no skyscrapers.

World fucking class my arse.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 01:55 PM   #9
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Interesting, thanks Potato. I always thought the main Irish community in Manchester were historically based in and around Levenshulme and longsight. I wonder why they have a such a significant base in Cheetham?

Regarding the above proposals I wonder what 200,000 sq ft of "emplyment space" means? Sounds ambitious. Lets hope this is not a euphemism for yet more large format shed-type retailing - surely the worst kind of short termist "regeneration" and something which Cheetham has been blighted with, with the new Manchester Fort retail park.

The area around the Milllenium Quarter and (parts of - probably the whole of) Ancoats were called 'Little Ireland'. Cheetham Hill too had a big Irish population.

On a sidenote, I think Chorlton upon Medlock was called 'Little Italy'.

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Old April 30th, 2007, 06:58 PM   #10
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MCC Press release. (NB Thread resurrected thanks to the search function).


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Agreement paves the way for world-class attraction

A three-way agreement paving the way for the creation of a new Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester has been signed.

The agreement between the City Council, the trustees of the existing Irish World Heritage Centre and developer Teesland iDG sets out the roles and responsibilities which each party will take on to move the project forwards.

The trio now aim to finalise designs and funding before submitting a planning application for the 25-acre site at Queens Road, Cheetham Hill, next to Manchester Fort retail park.

The proposal is to replace the existing Irish Centre with a new complex including a world-class museum, a hotel, playing fields and more than 250,000 sq ft of employment space ranging from large to small units, creating opportunities for an estimated 750 jobs. The new centre would be a nationally and internationally significant attraction. It has the backing of the Irish Government, which is making a very substantial financial contribution towards construction costs.

The existing Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill is a popular community facility used by a wide range of ethnic groups. But it is too small to meet demand and its current location has stopped it realising its full potential.

City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "A much improved Irish Centre has been a long-standing aspiration as part of the regeneration of North Manchester. We’re especially pleased that it’s being brought forward as part of a comprehensive development which will bring valuable new jobs to the area. The new centre will celebrate and enhance the contribution of the Irish community to this great city , and allow other communities to share their experience.These proposals are genuinely exciting."

Dermot Ahern TD, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, warmly welcomed the agreement.

He said: "The Irish Government is delighted to support this exemplary project. It will provide the Irish community in Manchester with a state-of-the-art facility and garden and playground area to support the flourishing community activities, ranging from musical and sporting events to community functions and social activities for older Irish people in the area."

Andrew Slipper, Managing Director of Teesland iDG, said he was delighted to reach the point where the scheme can go ahead.

He said: "This has been two years in the planning stage, marrying the requirements of the Trustees, The City Council and ourselves. Our business park which will be no more than 1.5 miles to the City Centre will provide much-needed space for the Cheetham business community, City Centre occupiers requiring ancillary space and space to cater for growth business in Manchester."
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Whilst there has been a lot of development at Cheetham Hill in recent years, the area desperately needs something that will raise design aspirations above the 'McWimpey' homes and retail parks being flung up left, right and centre in the name of "regeneration".

Hopefully this major new development will provide the sort of shot in the arm that Cheetham Hill and the wider Norther Manchester area needs which up until recently has been left behind when compared to South, East and Central areas of the city.
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...and for anyone WHO asks, the answer is STILL no.

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Old April 30th, 2007, 07:29 PM   #13
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Is the question to the answer, "is that an up to date render of the proposals?"
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Old April 30th, 2007, 09:37 PM   #14
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750 jobs, do all visitors get a sedan chair each.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 03:55 PM   #15
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Irish dream nearly a reality

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PLANS for an Irish heritage centre in Manchester to attract visitors from around the world are a step closer.

The new complex - replacing the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill - has been on the cards for 10 years. Talks between trustees, developers Teesland iDG and the city council have been going on since 2005.

Now, all three parties have signed an agreement on the responsibilities each party will take to make the project happen.

A 25-acre site at Queens Road in Cheetham Hill, next to the Fort retail park, has already been earmarked for the new £10m centre, which has been funded largely by the Irish government.

Work could begin in the autumn. Plans include a museum charting the history of the Irish, plus a hotel, playing fields, leisure and community facilities and 250,000 sq ft of business space.

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The centre is expected to bring many people from America, Australia, Canada and Ireland to Manchester, as well as many domestic visitors, and will create about 750 jobs.

The three parties behind the agreement will finalise design plans and secure the funds needed before applying for planning permission.

Michael Ford, chairman of the Irish World Heritage Centre, said: "The new centre could not be in a better community.

"We have been hoping for this for a long time, but had a few problems along the way. Now, finally, things are going to happen.

"This new centre will mean an awful lot to the whole city, not just Manchester's large Irish community. The old centre has served us well for 24 years, but it is too small for what we want to create - a world-class attraction and a real family venue."

City council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "A much-improved Irish Centre has been a long-standing aspiration as part of the regeneration of north Manchester. We're especially pleased that it's part of a comprehensive development, which will bring valuable new jobs to the area.

"The new centre will celebrate and enhance the contribution of the Irish community to this great city, and allow other communities to share their experience." Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern said the Irish government was delighted to support the `exemplary' project.

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Land South Of Queens Road
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OUTLINE APPLICATION for new mixed use multi-phase development. Phase 1 relates to parcel A which comprises an employment park incorporating 30 units (use classes B1c, B2 and B8) and associated car parking with all matters to be considered. Subsequent phases relate to parcel B (comprising employment units with a maximum floorspace of 9560sq.m of use classes B1c, B2 and B8 and associated car parking) Parcel C (a new Irish World Heritage Centre with associated shop, exhibition hall, function room, restaurant and outdoor leisure facilities/amenity areas) Parcel D (a new 140 bed hotel with associated car parking) and Parcel E ( a new retail unit, use class A1, with a maximum floor area 1161sq.m and associated car parking). All matters to be reserved except access for Parcels B C D and E

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Approved.

OUTLINE APPLICATION for new mixed use multi-phase development. Phase 1 relates to parcel A which comprises an employment park incorporating 34 units (use classes B1c, B2 and B8) and associated car parking with all matters to be considered. Subsequent phases relate to parcel B (comprising employment units with a maximum floorspace of 8140 sq.m of use classes B1c, B2 and B8 and associated car parking) Parcel C (a new Irish World Heritage Centre with associated shop, exhibition hall, function room, restaurant and outdoor leisure facilities/amenity areas) Parcel D (a new 140 bed hotel with associated car parking) and Parcel E ( a new retail unit, use class A1, with a maximum floor area 1161sq.m and associated car parking). All matters to be reserved except access for Parcels B C D and E

http://www.publicaccess.manchester.g...OO%2f2007%2fN1
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OUTLINE APPLICATION for new mixed use multi-phase development. Phase 1 relates to parcel A which comprises an employment park incorporating 34 units (use classes B1c, B2 and B8) and associated car parking with all matters to be considered. Subsequent phases relate to parcel B (comprising employment units with a maximum floorspace of 8140 sq.m of use classes B1c, B2 and B8 and associated car parking) Parcel C (a new Irish World Heritage Centre with associated shop, exhibition hall, function room, restaurant and outdoor leisure facilities/amenity areas) Parcel D (a new 140 bed hotel with associated car parking) and Parcel E ( a new retail unit, use class A1, with a maximum floor area 1161sq.m and associated car parking). All matters to be reserved except access for Parcels B C D and E

http://www.publicaccess.manchester.g...OO%2f2007%2fN1
And if the proposed new Tram stop at Queens Road gets approved it will be right next to this site!
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Old April 5th, 2008, 01:23 AM   #19
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finally had a butchers at this app.

realised i took these pics from its site. nice view for the irish. mine'll be a guinness.





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Anyone live near here/know if any construction or prep work has begun (and now given up due to the economy)?
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