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Old October 27th, 2011, 07:46 PM   #121
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Planning applications is online.



http://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-a...=LOQ3JYBC6K000

Plans online aswell.
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Old November 14th, 2011, 04:57 PM   #122
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Does anyone know if REALTY Estates have a website? I can't seem to find one for them which seems slightly odd.

Also, the planning application link is broken. Anyone got any ideas?

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Old December 6th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #123
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http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereven...nt-in-new-year

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Realty Estates could begin £35m Gateway House development in new year
December 06, 2011

Realty Estates, the owner of Gateway House, also known as the ‘Lazy S’ building, next to Piccadilly station, says preliminary work to create a hotel and new offices has already begun.

Major works will begin in the new year once planning permission has been approved, though it already has the support in principle of Manchester Council officials.

RGA Consulting is advising Realty and says it has received strong demand from a range of international hoteliers, with advanced negotiations underway with the shortlisted companies.

Head of developments Shahram Sakhdari said: “We have been working on the scheme for nearly two years with our consultants and the current proposal has evolved from a series of design solutions which were developed to detailed stage and tested for deliverability in the current market.”

Gateway House was designed in 1964 by Richard Seifert, who was also responsible for the design of London’s Centre Point office block and NatWest Tower. It was the first major redevelopment of surplus British Rail land in the north of England and was home to the NHS Northwest Health Authority for 42 years until 2010.

Collyhurst-based Realty intends to transform the area into the “Leicester Square” of Manchester, with the first phase of the £35m project involving the conversion of the seven upper floors of the former offices into 270 stylish hotel bedrooms.

There would be an entire first floor of bar, restaurant and conference facilities, accessed from the central reception lobby and serviced from the two cores on either end of the 160-yard long building.

The second phase will remodel the 16 ground floor retail units, as well as the existing digital advertisement tower. The third phase is planned to create 40,000 sq ft of new Grade A office space over seven floors, set above a 7,000 sq ft retail unit. The final phase will create a new 3-storey Health and Fitness Club built over the existing undercroft car park

Warwick Smither, senior partner at Retail Property Agency Cheetham & Mortimer said: “Whilst we are still some way off from marketing the scheme, we are already receiving significant levels of interest from high-end, 'transit fashion' retailers and restaurateurs such as those increasingly seen in rail stations and airports.”
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Old December 6th, 2011, 11:35 AM   #124
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How in god's name will it be anything like Leicester Square?
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Old December 6th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #125
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Surely they mean Piccadilly Circus, what with with that bulb-tastic advertising, lots of traffic and almost the right name to start with...???

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Old December 7th, 2011, 02:41 AM   #126
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Additional comments from mancon on London comparisons.
http://www.manchesterconfidential.co...dilly-Approach
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Old December 7th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #127
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For neon & L.E.D advertising boards - I would like to see Bruntwoods building and the opposite circus buildings used at the junction of Portland st and Oxford rd - both buildings curve around the corner
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Old December 14th, 2011, 07:36 PM   #128
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Wow, busy planning meeting just before Christmas.

http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meeting...ways_committee

http://www.manchester.gov.uk/egov_do...eway_House.pdf

Recommended approve.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #129
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List Item 4 Gateway House, Station Approach PDF 133.71 KB http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meeting...ways_committee
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 02:17 PM   #130
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Finally, Realty Estates' £35m plan to redevelop its Iconic Gateway House building at the approach to Piccadilly station got the go-ahead.

Realty Estates is currently in the final stages of negotiations with two hotel operators. It expects to have a preferred operator in place next month and to make a start on site with the project in May 2012. The redevelopment has been designed by architectural practice Hodder & Partners.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:14 PM   #131
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Huge project this, one of the most necessary in my book. Certainly after Ldn Road fire station.
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Old December 26th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #132
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Huge project this, one of the most necessary in my book. Certainly after Ldn Road fire station.

I would hold fire on the optimism rocket launcher until I see something of a concrete, glass and steel nature.

Yes Mancon are spot on. Any comparison with London diminishes anything done in Manchester.
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Old March 5th, 2012, 10:16 PM   #133
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Old March 5th, 2012, 10:17 PM   #134
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Not the design that is planned though, that is one designed by Roger Stephenson Architects, the actual design is the one by Hodder below.

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Old March 5th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #136
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I’’ll be the first to say Hodder’s looks shite in comparison (the Gateway H cladding I mean)
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Can you think of the practicalities of the first design though? You essentially have a cladding of glass offset to the existing wall and windows with about a foot gap. I now challenge you to clean the original windows!
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god damn it! that other design is wonderful..
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Old March 5th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #139
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Can you think of the practicalities of the first design though? You essentially have a cladding of glass offset to the existing wall and windows with about a foot gap. I now challenge you to clean the original windows!
Similar principal on 3 Hardman St. Its higher, and they hire abseilers as window cleaners.
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Problem is unless you are removing the glass panes you would need a weird double bended squeegie of variable length that you can slip underneath the cladding then alter the length of to reach underneath as you couldnt move a fixed length one horizontally or vertically due to the cladding gap.

You couldnt abseil down to the inside as the design has large horizontal support bars and not enough clearance for someone to pass behind them.
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