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Old February 20th, 2007, 11:19 PM   #121
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Sets a dangerous precedent IMO.
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Old February 20th, 2007, 11:21 PM   #122
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Ooh- bit of politics!
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Old February 20th, 2007, 11:24 PM   #123
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Ooh- bit of politics!
That's my bit of political satire for the year - I bet Ian Hislop is quaking in his boots!
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Old February 21st, 2007, 12:42 PM   #124
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Sets a dangerous precedent IMO.

Did you get my PM btw nerd?
yes thanks.

- and on issue of the thread; Cotswold street goes nowhere, is all of 30 metres long, and the remaining seciton is entirely under platforms 13 and 14 of the station. Baiscally it is a railway arch that happened - once upon a time - to constitute a right of way. Not sure if it sets a precedent.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 12:51 PM   #125
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yes thanks.

- and on issue of the thread; Cotswold street goes nowhere, is all of 30 metres long, and the remaining seciton is entirely under platforms 13 and 14 of the station. Baiscally it is a railway arch that happened - once upon a time - to constitute a right of way. Not sure if it sets a precedent.
I suppose thats alright then. I had a quick look at the location plan it it wasnt clear so your explaination makes sense.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 01:46 PM   #126
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I suppose thats alright then. I had a quick look at the location plan it it wasnt clear so your explaination makes sense.
Perhaps you should be careful not to bring the proud name of "Heritage Nazi" into disrepute.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 02:07 PM   #127
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We have too many little bitty roads in the city centre. The more of these short stretches of pointless road are pedestrainised the better. Lets keep cars on proper roads / routes and give the rest over to pedestrians, who, after all, are the majority users in the city centre.
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Old February 21st, 2007, 03:40 PM   #128
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We have too many little bitty roads in the city centre. The more of these short stretches of pointless road are pedestrainised the better. Lets keep cars on proper roads / routes and give the rest over to pedestrians, who, after all, are the majority users in the city centre.
Interesting you should say, that, have just made a very similar point in my dissertation (which I am on here procrasting from). Just read a great book on how pedestrianised city centres are more successful, vibrant and prospoerous than those that are not and that shops along pedestrianised streets have noticably higher levels of trade. I strongly think we need to reclaim city centres from the car in order to make them once again the true focus of social and consumer life (no more out of town shopping please).

In the long run i think we'll see a major resurgance in city centres (if it hasn't started already) as it looks as though car use might be curtailed to an extent that out of town shopping (mostly requiring a car to visit) will no longer be as accessible and convenient for shoppers. Public transport will likely prioritise the city centre and people will again demand shops to be inthe retail core as it will be more accessible.

Anyway, sorry to go off topic...
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 07:39 PM   #129
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The problem with pedestrianation is it allows the anti social's far more scope for bad behaviour. Many non car centres become no go aswell late at night when businesses close. Motorist's deter bad behaviour because they can report it immediatly with little threat to themselves, who knows who is in the car....it could be an unmarked police vehicle!
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 10:26 PM   #130
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The Macdonald hotel on London Rd is coming on great



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Old February 23rd, 2007, 11:11 PM   #131
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Now this is how to convert a 60s/70s building well.
I have very high standards when it comes to this sort of thing and it gets the Longford seal of approval.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #132
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You beat me to it Longford, spot on!
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Old February 24th, 2007, 02:53 PM   #133
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Nice Pics Highriser - it certainly is coming on. My only concern is what are they going to do at ground level to entice people to it who aren't necessarily staying at the hotel - it is slightly isolated across them busy roads.
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Old February 24th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #134
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Legs ,, it looks like its going to be really good at street level ,,i'l get a pic tomoz
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Old March 25th, 2007, 09:53 AM   #135
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Great John Street Hotel Pic

A new Great John Street Hotel picture taken 24/03/07 by myself.

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Old March 27th, 2007, 06:32 PM   #136
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Old March 28th, 2007, 02:55 PM   #137
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Hotels arrive at the Station

Jonathan Schofield looks at the ever-growing hotel scene in Piccadilly
More news of a potentially exciting brace of Piccadilly hotels has reached the Confidential office. First up is City Inn Manchester, just over Auburn Street from the Malmaison. This opens on 15 May. It has 285 bedrooms including a penthouse duplex suite. There will another rooftop bar for the city with the Sky Lounge. For the gastronomes amongst the Confidential readership there will be new lounge bar, the Piccadilly Lounge, which sounds a little like an unusual yoga position, “Can you do the Piccadilly Lounge, madam?” “No, but I can do the Urban Sprawl.”



City Inn Manchester: The Foyer

There will also be a City Café with a summer terrace for those hot four days of the year. Foot passengers arriving at Piccadilly Station will have direct access to the hotel via the new footbridge over London Road, the so-called Manchester Curve. To start life off with a bang, City Inn Manchester will be the host hotel for the Manchester International Festival in June.

Meanwhile over the next months the fast failing Rossetti hotel up the road will morph into Abode. Describing itself a lifestyle hotel this will be the fifth property for the partnership of Andrew Brownsword and Michael Caines. The latter is an immensely talented two-starred Michelin chef from Gidleigh Park in Dartmoor and possibly the only one-armed chef around – one arm and two stars that's what you call impressive. There will be 61 bedrooms including five suites which in the press release are described in inverted commas as ‘fabulous’. Bless.




Typical City Inn bar

Caines will oversee a fine dining restaurant. This should be an exciting addition to food and drink in the city. With Caines’ pedigree it will have a head start although the Piccadilly area remains a challenge for fine dining, as Cotton House have found. Abode will complete its transformation by September this year.

The splendid building which hosts the hotel dates from the 1890s and was built as a head office of textile firm Horrocks Crewdson and Co. Women should give the building an appreciative nod: Horrocks’ gave the world the first ready to wear collection of printed dresses and beachwear. The architect was Charles Heathcote who built lots of Manchester buildings including Lloyds Bank on King Street and the re-fit ripe Athenaeum bar on Spring Gardens.

In the immediate area both hotels will be competing with the new Macdonald hotel opening in September this year, plus the existing Place apartment hotel, the excellent Malmaison and the homely International Hotel.


If nothing else, at least we’ll be fine if we miss the last train home.
looks good just seems to be the year of hotel developments and openings
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Old April 3rd, 2007, 05:21 PM   #138
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City Inn Manchester prepares for May 15th opening



City Inn – winner of the 'Best Business Hotel Brand' for both 2007 and 2006 at the Business Travel World Awards – is set to unveil its new Manchester hotel on 15th May 2007.

The fifth hotel in the expanding City Inn portfolio, City Inn Manchester is both an official sponsor and host hotel to the inaugural Manchester International Festival.

Occupying a landmark site at the gateway to Manchester within the new Piccadilly Place development, the hotel provides 285 guest rooms including six suites and a penthouse duplex suite.

The hotel combines state-of-the-art facilities, technology and services with stunning event, meeting and private dining suites, including the Sky Lounge with panoramic views of the cityscape.

City Inn Manchester will also offer a new stylish lounge bar, Piccadilly Lounge, and a new restaurant for Manchester, City Café. Al Fresco dining on the sunny summer terrace to will complete the cosmopolitan appeal of the venue.

City Inn Manchester will be an exciting new addition to visitor accommodation for the city, whether for business, leisure or cultural visits. For locals, the destination bars, restaurant, private dining, meeting and event spaces offered by the multi-award-winning City Inn brand will dramatically increase the quality options available in Manchester.

Sandy Orr, executive chairman of City Inn, commented: "Manchester is a confident successful UK city with visionary civic leadership, establishing the city's status within Europe, with credible aspirations on a world stage.

"For many years we have sought a landmark site in the city so we can create an exceptional new building and business for us and the city. It is pleasing to see that the long wait is nearly over and we will soon be able to open our doors!

"We recognise the responsibility that goes with owning and operating a major new business in Manchester. We look forward to recruiting talented and motivated new colleagues with personality to develop within our business in what is a great professional career.

"We create buildings and run hotels with style, modernity, practicality and comfort with an obsession for highest personalised service standards, and giving value for money."

Directly connected via the Manchester Curve to Piccadilly mainline train station, City Inn Manchester is ideally located with fantastic connections to the airport, is within walking distance of the prime shopping area, Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX and MICC), Canal Street, Bridgewater Hall and the Central Business District.

City Inn provides personalised living, working and relaxing spaces for visitors and locals that are genuinely enjoyable. City Inn's new-build philosophy, optimised design, engineering and technology to deliver light, spacious, stylish and comfortable environments that people like to be in.
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Old April 5th, 2007, 08:41 PM   #139
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What a sexy building this is .

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Old April 14th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #140
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