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Old May 5th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #61
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Let the imagination juices flow baby.

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However, he(Mr Tishbi) added that a planning application to redevelop the Gateway House scheme at Piccadilly Approach was "more or less sorted out" and is likely to be submitted imminently.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #62
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2011 MSA Award Winners
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Our proposals for Gateway House, Manchester won the ‘Un-built’ category in the Manchester Society of Architects’ Awards 2011 announced last night.

Gateway House, adjacent Piccadilly Station, is often a visitor’s first impression of Manchester and now looking a little tired with a public realm unfitting to an international city. The project was won in competition in 2009 and will shortly be submitted for planning.

The mixed use project comprises the refurbishment of the iconic Gateway House into a 270 bedroom hotel above the existing ground level of retail, together with a new 40,000 sq ft office block over 8,000 sq ft of retail space facing Ducie Street. A new 3 storey gym is also proposed to the rear of Gateway House.
http://www.hodderandpartners.com/new...-award-winners

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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:12 PM   #63
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http://msa-design-awards.blogspot.com

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The mixed use project comprises the refurbishment of the iconic Gateway House into a 270 bedroom hotel above the existing ground level of retail, together with a new 40,000 sq ft office block over 8,000 sq ft of retail space facing Ducie Street. A new 3 storey gym is also proposed to the rear of Gateway House.

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Old May 14th, 2011, 06:52 PM   #64
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Sounds like another McDonald Hotel job. The only thing that will improve the public realm however is pedestrianise the approach and redesign the back.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #65
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question, are those renders correct for the shops? ie is it confirmed that m&s are going to be in the section where the avis building is and it looks like cafe nero are expanding into that empty unit next door?

if that makes any sense?
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Old May 14th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #66
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Caffe Nero occupy all that area now. The counter is on the Station Approach side and seating on Ducie Street, with extra seating on the first floor (as shown).

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Old May 14th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #67
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cheers madferret! never noticed the change, was it relatively recent? i must not have been paying attention i guess
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Old May 15th, 2011, 12:51 AM   #68
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No, they have had all that corner since opening - must be 4-5 years now.
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Old May 15th, 2011, 03:15 PM   #69
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I meant if they had taken that empty u it next to them - sorry if it wasn't clear! Was just saying from the renders it looked like it had
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Old May 21st, 2011, 10:18 PM   #70
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A few more renders on here...

http://arcmediauk.wordpress.com/2011...use-proposals/

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Old May 21st, 2011, 11:38 PM   #71
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Hardly the kind of stuff that will set the world alight is it? I was hoping for something much better here.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 11:51 PM   #72
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I like how that additional building sits with the Mint Hotel across the way, but Gateway House looks a bit lacklustre. Looks the same but with the white cladding lit up + Cafe Nero is the same + where's the rotund building? Look at the previous proposals and this looks like it won't really deliver.

edit: I've realised that the additional building probably replaces the rotund building.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 09:26 AM   #73
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I think Gateway House will look stunning once this is complete. I'm sure many of you remember what City Tower used to look like before it was refurbished:



to this:




Surprising what a reclad can do
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 01:50 PM   #74
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Your before image is actually the after image pretty much, apart from the white walls. :-)


Very hard to find the old photos of it. Even Wikipedia has it wrong
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Your before image is actually the after image pretty much, apart from the white walls. :-)


Very hard to find the old photos of it. Even Wikipedia has it wrong
That looks more like Chernobyl than Manchester.
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 05:06 PM   #76
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Skit, I think you've made Volde's point even stronger. A mere lick of ''Bruntwood White'' is a vast improvement alone...

A good clean, a lick of paint - a re-clad even - will make Gateway house beautiful again.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 10:24 AM   #77
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Thanks NQ.

I think that's bloody decent. Less is more. If it doesn't need fixing, leave it alone. OK, do it up a bit.

That's a great first building into the City Centre from Piccadilly Station. Add it to all the surrounding buildings and that's what first impressions are all about.

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Old May 23rd, 2011, 12:14 PM   #78
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so has the public realm element been done away with entirely?
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 12:39 PM   #79
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It looks ok, although I'd like to see the new office block on the end be a bit taller. At least twice the height anyway
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 12:52 PM   #80
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It looks ok, although I'd like to see the new office block on the end be a bit taller. At least twice the height anyway
I agree, would accentuate the corner a lot more.

I also really think they should pedestrianise the elevated path up to the entrance. Some outdoor serving and some trees there would make the whole space look a lot nicer, and it's a very cheap option. Although you'd have to find another route for the free buses.
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