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Old July 5th, 2016, 08:15 PM   #2161
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Fantastic momentum in Manchester, I really see it blossoming as a city now to become the hub city of the north, momentum seems to have reached the point of no return now. Will Birmingham put up a fight, they need a radical image change to do so, but it's not impossible, I'm hopeful for all of Britain's major cities but Manchester does seem to be out in front now by some margin.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 12:14 AM   #2162
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I would say it already is the hub of the North and will keep getting stronger.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 04:21 PM   #2163
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Looks like laings have got the job for building the new terminal building at the airport.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/07/05/laing-orourke-bags-700m-manchester-airport-project/
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Old July 6th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #2164
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Let's just hope that the current crisis in UK commercial property funds finds a resolution soon or that will surely affect many projects currently in the pipeline.
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Old July 6th, 2016, 10:18 PM   #2165
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Bupa Headquarters | Salford Quays
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Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post121897309

  • Address: The Quays, Salford Quays, Salford M50

  • Architect: Chapman Taylor

  • Floors: 6

  • Office Space: 145,000sqft

  • Developer: Peel Land & Property Group

Current status: Groundworks

Nearest transport: Harbour City








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Old July 7th, 2016, 01:01 AM   #2166
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Old July 7th, 2016, 01:17 AM   #2167
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Pictures by Slow Burn.

Metrolink 2nd City Crossing, No2 St Peter's Square Office Block, St Peter's Square redevelopment.







The scaffolding is also slowly coming down from Neo in the distance.



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I make no apologies for the amount of pictures.

Pictures by Freel07. Credit to Freel07.

Some absolute cracking pictures of the Metrolink 2nd City Extension, and streetscape shots of Manchester city centre.

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Here is another set from 2CC taken today. Quite a few things of note that will be highlighted as we go.

On Cross Street the only real change at the Market Street end is that a start has been made on surfacing along the southbound side.

P1180787 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180925 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180928 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180924 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Otherwise not much change at this end.

P1180788 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along the southbound side between Cross Street Chapela nd King Street is fully surfaced now.

P1180795 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180800 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

And they are still preparing the foundations for the remaining section of the northbound side.

P1180797 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over at Princess Street/ Albert Square the fencing has gone now alongside Albert Square and I made a note to try to locate the positions of the OLE masts.

First they are realigning the kerbs in Albert Square and have exposed another section of old track.

P1180802 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now along Princess Street I think I have found the OLE pole sites. There are a number of patches of concrete in the paving and they seem to be opposite OLE bolts in the buildings across the street. The bolts are not easy to spot in these photos I am afraid.

P1180804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180806 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This one is really hard to spot but the bolts are just to the right of the round topped window on the first floor.

P1180808 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think these blue circles may have been made before the paving was lifted as one or two were very close together.

P1180803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Along Princess Street tracklaying is progressing well.

P1180809 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180812 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180816 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now into St Peters Square and as I entered the square this was what greeted me. Tree planting 2016 style.

P1180818 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More on this later.

As we were told at the weekend the 1CC northbound is now connected to Mosley Street once again.

P1180820 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track slab in Mosley Street has been cleared of the single line rail fixings and looks ready for the new track.

P1180829 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180830 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A Start has been made on rearranging the OLE and the OLE single line connections have gone and some fixings transferred to permanent poles.

P1180828 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think the cantilevers are for section insulators here.

P1180827 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A new headspan is just visible in this photo.

P1180834 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back in the square now.

The new trees are appearing and there are now a number of new OLE poles on the Town Hall/Library side of the square.

P1180841 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As I was standing talking to someone I knew a wagon appeared with another tree.

P1180850 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Quite a tight reverse alongside the platform.

P1180851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off loaded

P1180881 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now they unwrap it rather like a Christmas tree.

P1180883 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

before pulling it upright, mind the branches on the OLE pole!

P1180888 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180892 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In the air

P1180898 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180904 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally landed, the whole operation drew quite a crowd and was probably quite a good PR exercise as there were quite a few MPT guys answering folks questions.

P1180907 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180909 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Each tree is anchored in its planting hole.

P1180918 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This gives an idea of what the area may look like when finished

P1180915 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Anyway to more mundane matters now.

The shelters were gaining yellow cove panels

P1180844 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were a couple of guys working on the cross inside the scaffold tower.

P1180860 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and paving was being laid around the points on the southbound line.

P1180861 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180859 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Thales were wiring in a cabinet by Windmill Street.

P1180869 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and work was ongoing on the foundations at the bottom of GMex ramp. I'm not sure what that great big hole is all about.

P1180873 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180875 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180872 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Sorry this has been a long drawn out update.
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  • Address: 3 Cambridge Street, Little Ireland, City Zone Manchester M1

  • Architect: OMI

  • Floors: Tallest 31, smallest 15

  • Number of apartments: 282

  • Height: Tallest 83m

  • Developer: Renaker

Current status: Under Construction

Nearest transport: Oxford Road





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The Metrolink extension is very good news.
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Hulme Crowne Plaza | Hulme
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  • Address: 57 Booth St West, Hulme, Manchester M15

  • Height: 60m

  • Floors: 19

  • Number of hotel rooms: 210

  • Developer: Bruntwood & Manchester Business School

Current status: Under Construction

Nearest transport: Oxford Road







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2 St Peter's Square | Peterloo
Offices | City Zone

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1624546

  • Address: 2 St Peter's Square, Peterloo, City Zone Manchester M2

  • Architect: Simpson-Haugh

  • Floors: 12

  • Office Space: 161,000sqft

  • Height: 54m

  • Developer: Fred Done Associates

Current status: Under Construction

Nearest transport: St Peter's Square








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Old July 8th, 2016, 02:45 AM   #2173
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During my recent site visit, I managed to snap these photos of the cladding, which is to be in the lobby of these buildings. The tiles are composed of colour laminated glass, with frosted edges to enhance the curvaceous sides. Although they may give off the impression of being 'plasticy', this is definitely not the case. The panels are of top quality, and very heavy might I add!





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Just come back from Nottingham and love the new extended tram there. Manchester tram looks even better. I wish more cities in the UK started to introduce tram systems. Well, goverment had to increase infrastructure spendings at some point, may be it will help.
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Personally I think Nottingham's trams are far sexier than Manchester's (my mate Stig will vouch for that! ) but Manchester's is a larger system which covers more ground.

Manchester could learn a lot from Nottingham, I feel. Notts is a city which has a totally integrated public transport network - a "one ticket fits all" system which Manchester should look to. Currently, if you want to cross Manchester, covering a distance of 12 miles requires you to remortgage your house and sell your first born child as you negotiate many different bus companies, train companies and the Metro - all selling you their day saver tickets which aren't valid on other company's networks.

This is due to change at least with the buses when we get our Mayor in May next year, who will integrate the buses under one umbrella. The Metrolink is already owned by the city, so there'll be integration between Metro and buses, but I think we'll be in the 20s before we start to see integration with trains too.
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Personally I think Nottingham's trams are far sexier than Manchester's (my mate Stig will vouch for that! ) but Manchester's is a larger system which covers more ground.

Manchester could learn a lot from Nottingham, I feel. Notts is a city which has a totally integrated public transport network - a "one ticket fits all" system which Manchester should look to. Currently, if you want to cross Manchester, covering a distance of 12 miles requires you to remortgage your house and sell your first born child as you negotiate many different bus companies, train companies and the Metro - all selling you their day saver tickets which aren't valid on other company's networks.

This is due to change at least with the buses when we get our Mayor in May next year, who will integrate the buses under one umbrella. The Metrolink is already owned by the city, so there'll be integration between Metro and buses, but I think we'll be in the 20s before we start to see integration with trains too.
I meant, I love how Manchester tram passes past highrises and tight urban areas. The true pleasure for urbanist to watch. Nottingham has that as well but on the smaller scale.
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I meant, I love how Manchester tram passes past highrises and tight urban areas. The true pleasure for urbanist to watch. Nottingham has that as well but on the smaller scale.
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Biased I know, but I must admit that Nottinghams trams are the best looking in the country in my opinion, they are so sleek and elegant looking. However, Manchester has the far superior network, it's almost too ambitious for the city layout which is why I support the idea of future routes going underground through the city. I love trams and I think they add character to a city, but there comes to a point where there's too much covering the streets and it ruins the original vibe which they give.

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Love the cladding.
Walk past it every day. I really think this one is going to be quite special.
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