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Old August 3rd, 2016, 06:32 PM   #2301
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Manchester is booming! Very impressive projects. There is no doubt Manchester is King of the north.
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Old August 4th, 2016, 11:06 AM   #2302
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So true.
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Old August 4th, 2016, 11:49 PM   #2303
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Lets have a Manchester red-brick love-in, to show all our friends around the world how beautiful Manchester's older architecture is

(It is appropriate, I promise) - these two buildings are being converted from dereliction into apartments, happy days



Mindel House/11 Bloom St | Village
Apartments | City Zone
  • 78 'carbon neutral' apartments

  • 4,500sqft roof garden

  • More information: Click

  • Developer: Beech






Today.

Beech have moved in and look to be renovating already






I couldn't get enough of these street scenes







These two buildings are gonna be joined in the middle with a roof garden on top








I'd live here







22 Harter St | Village
Apartments | City Zone
  • 22 apartments

  • Developer: O'Connor Bowden

  • Website: Click

This building:







Conversion of 22 Harter St to apartments is well underway. Located on a secluded back alley just off the Village's Princess St.

Photos taken by me, today








Lovely typically Mancunian neighbourhood:








.... a bit too typically Mancunian

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Old August 5th, 2016, 08:41 AM   #2304
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Are architects in Manchester aware that it's not the 70s?
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Old August 5th, 2016, 12:04 PM   #2305
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Lets have a Manchester red-brick love-in, to show all our friends around the world how beautiful Manchester's older architecture is

(It is appropriate, I promise) - these two buildings are being converted from dereliction into apartments, happy days
Very nice!

Do you think this article has any truth to it?

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...ndustrial-soul
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Old August 5th, 2016, 12:32 PM   #2306
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Are architects in Manchester aware that it's not the 70s?
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Old August 5th, 2016, 12:47 PM   #2307
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Very nice!

Do you think this article has any truth to it?

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...ndustrial-soul
To an extent.

I think some people are overplaying this whole "developers are destroying Manchester's soul" business. A lot of these new skyscrapers and office blocks are being built on surface car park - Blitz bomb sites (yes, that's right - Blitz bomb sites which haven't been touched in half a century). Now, last time I checked Manchester's "soul" wasn't made up of surface car parks and post-industrial scrubland. If anything we should be scurrying to get these sites developed as quickly as possible (with high quality stuff, obviously).

And this is happening. However, where people worry is on the (very rare) occasion that an older building is demolished to make way for a new one.

Century House (below) was demolished to make way for 2 St Peter's Square, which is now Under Construction:








..... this is coming down to build the new tower at 10-12 Whitworth St:











And the Bootle St police station/Ambercromby pub:









..... which are due to be demolished to make way for this:








Now, I don't support the last project. I think it needs a major redesign before it's able to justify the demolition of some of those wonderful, and distinctly Mancunian, buildings. However they are not the finest buildings Manchester has to offer, and in some cases (if replaced by truly stunning and high quality architecture) probably wouldn't be missed.

This is the best of Manchester. These are buildings which should never, under any circumstances, be demolished.











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Old August 5th, 2016, 01:04 PM   #2308
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Old August 5th, 2016, 04:06 PM   #2309
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Manchester's Redbrick buildings are a national treasure. @VDB those are some great examples of MCR's historic structures... absolutely beautiful.

I love how some developments in Manchester at the moment echo this design. I can't remember the name of it but there's that development near the Palace theatre that looks similar to NYC's Rockefeller Center... looks incredible.
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Old August 5th, 2016, 04:13 PM   #2310
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I love how some developments in Manchester at the moment echo this design. I can't remember the name of it but there's that development near the Palace theatre that looks similar to NYC's Rockefeller Center... looks incredible.
St John's Place?

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Old August 5th, 2016, 04:14 PM   #2311
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Ordsall Chord | Castlefield/Trinity
Rail bridge | City Zone and Salford

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post134143497

  • Address: Between Deansgate and Salford Central stations, Manchester

  • Contractor: Mott McDonald

  • Length of new track: 1km

  • Number of upgraded stations: 1

  • Developer: Network Rail

  • Operator: Arriva Trains North, Transpennine Express, TfGM

Current status: Under Construction

Nearest transport: N/A










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Old August 5th, 2016, 05:35 PM   #2312
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Bligh is thinking of Circle Square, I think...

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Old August 5th, 2016, 11:55 PM   #2313
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The 1st piece of glass has gone in at No1 Spinningfields.


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Old August 7th, 2016, 04:35 AM   #2314
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Those replacements are very high quality, yes even the last two. A shame the small pub is going away.

Anyway, I love the variety in building materials in manchesters' new builds. Its not all boring glass but a mixture of other materials.

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Old August 8th, 2016, 11:09 AM   #2315
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Old August 8th, 2016, 12:16 PM   #2316
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Another mill conversion, this time on the edge of the Northern Quarter (aren't they all?)

Urban Splash announces next Northern Quarter project
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The regeneration company has signed a development agreement with Town Centre Securities to bring forward the residential conversion of Brownsfield Mill in Manchester.

The 45,000 sq ft Victorian mill on Great Ancoats Street forms part of TCS’ Piccadilly Basin regeneration area. One of the few remaining undeveloped mills in Manchester, the grade two-listed structure includes red brick, timber and big windows, and was formerly home to aviation company Avro.

The number of flats to be included in the building is yet to be confirmed, but Urban Splash said the scheme “will offer traditional, canal-side apartments; some of them the biggest in the city with lateral lofts of up to 4,000 sq ft of space taking up entire floorplates”.
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Old August 8th, 2016, 05:41 PM   #2317
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I think Manchester will eventually regret building so many glass, air conditioned Simpson Haugh boxes. I don't think that many people want to live in sealed glass boxes that have long lift journeys to the street. Every home needs outdoor space of some kind - that practice doesn't even bother trying to make interesting floor-plans, decent communal spaces or balconies.
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In general, I think the Simpson new buildings have provided a nice modern vernacular for the city and that we are lucky to have that. I know some forumers get sick of them, but they are high quality and really complement the surrounding older red brick vernacular. So, hopefully these new four will look more than decent. Take your point about outdoor space, but let's face it, probably more than half of our older stock of converted flats has no outdoor space, never mind the newer flats being thrown up. At least these will be right by Hulme Park! Simpson himself, of course, lives at the top of the highest of all his buildings - in a flat without a balcony. So he can't mind it so much!
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Old August 8th, 2016, 08:06 PM   #2319
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To get a home with outdoor space is one of the biggest cities in the U.K is virtually impossible. It seems like every pocket of land is Manchester is being bought up for new tall buildings. It's not just Manchester either, most international cities only have the same option if they want to keep up with demand and increase population... Go up!

I think glass is a much more smarter and safer option for the future. Maybe I'll be wrong but I personally think a tall glass building in 30 years from now will look much better than a plastic clad building, concrete or the new trend of dark brick!
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Old August 8th, 2016, 09:50 PM   #2320
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I think Manchester will eventually regret building so many glass, air conditioned Simpson Haugh boxes. I don't think that many people want to live in sealed glass boxes that have long lift journeys to the street. Every home needs outdoor space of some kind - that practice doesn't even bother trying to make interesting floor-plans, decent communal spaces or balconies.
I'm not aware of Simpson Haugh's design practices, but if they don't include balconies, I don't want anything to do with him.

I love midrise or highrise living and have enjoyed that for the last 20 or so years, with 11 years on the 18th floor and a rooftop balcony. I have no probs requiring an elevator to get to the apartment or street level, living in a sealed glass box with air-con, but there must be the opportunity to have a decent sized balcony, large enough for a BBQ, table and 6 people in comfort.

I have no idea why balconies are so uncommon in Manchester's new apartment blocks, and why people have no hesitation renting or buying without balconies.
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