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Old August 31st, 2016, 01:09 AM   #2461
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10-12 Whitworth St | Knott Mill
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Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post125394231

  • Address: 10-12 Whitworth St, Knott Mill, City Zone Manchester M2

  • Architect: 5Plus

  • Floors: 35

  • Completion: 2018

  • Number of apartments: 327

  • Height: 117m

  • Developer: Inhabit

Current status: Groundworks

Nearest transport: Deansgate Castlefield:






Update by Stopfordian Dreamer. Old Victorian warehouse coming down to be replaced by 10-12 Whitworth:

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When/if the axis building is built, i'd imagine you would see this building from the angle in that render.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 03:12 AM   #2463
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Gorgeous shot of Moseley St with tracery pattern being added to Number 2 SPS. Art gallery to the left there.

Photo by AC1

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Old August 31st, 2016, 02:06 PM   #2464
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Metrolink: Trafford Park branch | Pomona to the Trafford Centre
Tram line | City Zone

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

  • Address: Pomona, Trafford Park Road, Village Way, Parkway & the Trafford Centre, Trafford

  • Contractor: MPact-Thales

  • Route: Crumpsall to Trafford Centre (section from Crumpsall to Pomona is existing)

  • Route letter: J

  • Number of new stations: 6

  • Distance of new track: 5.5km

  • Interchanges with National Rail: 2, at Victoria and Deansgate-Castlefield

  • Interchanges with existing Network: 4, at Pomona, Cornbrook, Victoria and St Peter's Square

  • Operator: Metrolink, Transport for Greater Manchester

Current status: Awaiting TTWA Approval

Nearest transport: N/A


Map of the new route and stations:







Video of the new line including artist's impressions:








The new Trafford Park branch will serve the city's Trafford Centre - which is the second largest shopping centre in the country and one of Manchester's largest visitor attractions. In turn, it will also serve Manchester United's stadium at Old Trafford, the Imperial War Museum and Trafford Park - which is Europe's largest industrial estate and place-of-work for 35,000 people.


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Looks like site prep work has begun for the Trafford Park line, with vegetation clearance ongoing - several buildings are now being demolished to make way for the new line.

Photo update by Johnny de Rivative. The dockside here is riddled with low-density warehouses which are now being cleared away. When the tram finally arrives, this land will be prime development space for higher density buildings.









The tram line will run down this grass verge along the waterfront:







Before submerging into this old railway cutting:










Workers on-site already. The line still requires government approval but Metrolink look confident if they've already started putting workers on site!








The new tram line will join the existing network at Pomona, where provision for the Trafford Park line was made in 1999 when the Eccles branch was built - you can see it here where the rails to Eccles veer off to the side, but the railway grooves are in place for the line to Trafford Park to continue straight-on:









Pomona is currently one of the quietest stations on the Metrolink network as it's on a dockland island which is still awaiting regeneration and development. It will soon become an interchange station between the lines to Eccles & MediaCityUK and the line to Trafford Park, with a tram to central Manchester every 4 minutes - hopefully this will spur its redevelopment?





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Old August 31st, 2016, 02:50 PM   #2465
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Looks fantastic! It definetly looks a lot faster route than the other route highlighted on the map. Faster, straighter and simplified.

Once the other line hits Pomona, it's a right slug from there. Maybe this route will also be faster for people wanting to go to Media Cvity too, despite gaving to cross two waterways?

It does look fantastic though and the video did well in puttings things into perspective
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Old August 31st, 2016, 06:09 PM   #2466
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Looks fantastic! It definetly looks a lot faster route than the other route highlighted on the map. Faster, straighter and simplified.

Once the other line hits Pomona, it's a right slug from there. Maybe this route will also be faster for people wanting to go to Media Cvity too, despite gaving to cross two waterways?

It does look fantastic though and the video did well in puttings things into perspective
Yeah the Imperial War Museum stop will definitely be a faster option to MediaCity from central Manchester than the current MCUK stop.

Hopefully it'll be as fast as the tram in that video!
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Old August 31st, 2016, 09:52 PM   #2467
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What caught my eye was the potential for a loop around Salford Quays. With the area becoming incredibly dense, with the population to rise a substantial amount and a more cohesive development plan in place, this could become feasible.

Potential routes:
  • Salford Quays Loop
  • Eccles - Trafford Centre // Trafford Centre - Eccles
  • City Centre - Salford Quays looping back

To save space, you could sink the Media City tram stop for it to tunnel under the Irwell. Replacing the current stop above ground could either be a continuation of the park fronting the water, or build some slender towers on the space for revenue.

My proposed loop extension:



My proposed views, utilising the spacer with either open space or a development. The development would bring much more life to the waterfront itself, as well as the green space with the bottom floors containing retail, bars restaurants, as well as continuing the cohesive street wall fronting the bay:


Open Space



Development



Open Space showing the tunnel



Development showing the tunnel

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Old August 31st, 2016, 10:46 PM   #2468
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Expo 2025: The World's Fair | Manchester

Manchester will bid to host the 2025 Expo, also known as the World's Fair.

BBC News: Greater Manchester bids to host World Expo 2025

Manchester Evening News: Revealed - the extraordinary bid to bring Expo 2025 to Greater Manchester


  • This will be the biggest event ever to be held in Great Britain in terms of visitor numbers.

  • The event is estimated to cost £1bn

  • 20 million visitors are expected

  • The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (leaders of the city & suburbs) have chosen Ashton Moss - a large expanse of space 5 miles east of the city - as a "suitable" location for the event.

  • The event will be held in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside, and it is hoped that it will spur regeneration efforts there.

  • Ashton Moss is a 110-hectare site, close to Metrolink and rail links.

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Old August 31st, 2016, 11:19 PM   #2469
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Nice to see they are reusing old disused railway tracks. I wish they did it more elsewhere rather to simply turning them into pedestrian walkways at the best. So much efforts were put into railway 150 years ago and it's pity to see it's going to waste in some places.
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Nice to see they are reusing old disused railway tracks. I wish they did it more elsewhere rather to simply turning them into pedestrian walkways at the best. So much efforts were put into railway 150 years ago and it's pity to see it's going to waste in some places.
Quite a few Metrolink extensions over the past decade or so have utilised Manchester's disused railway beds.

The South Manchester line (Didsbury branch) is all on old trackbed which was closed as part of the Beeching Axe in the 60s/early 70s.

What the trackbed looked like in 2009:







Where Chorlton station is now used to be the abandoned old Chorlton-cum-Hardy station, who's platform edge can be seen here on the right:







Chorlton station today:







Similar story up in North Manchester (Monsall station)

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Today:







An old magnificent railway viaduct (the Smedley viaduct) was also brought back into use thanks to Metrolink conversion:





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Old September 1st, 2016, 01:54 AM   #2471
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Also Stig - Salford council mooted an idea for a loopline a while back - their idea (quite different to yours of course) wanted to link the Eccles line with the Trafford Park line by extending the Eccles branch through to Barton-on-Irwell and then over a bridge into the Trafford Waters site.

I can see the merits of joining MediaCity with the new line at Imperial War Museum North : faster services from MediaCity into central Manchester, direct links between the Trafford Centre/MediaCity/Salford Quays; improved connectivity etc.
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Once the other line hits Pomona, it's a right slug from there. Maybe this route will also be faster for people wanting to go to Media Cvity too, despite gaving to cross two waterways?
It will definitely be faster. I was taking the X50 to MediaCity when the tram was out and on the few days that traffic was light, that was significantly faster. This shouldn't have any traffic problems up until the Imperial War Museum.

Hell, I walked home to Castlefield the other day and found it was as fast as taking the tram from MediaCity! That's how slow that tramline is. I often claimed it was the slowest train in the world, and if I can walk in the same time, then it probably really is.

It should also make it a lot easier to get to Trafford Center which right now is awkward even with the "express" bus.
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Yeah I live at Ladywell on the Eccles branch so whenever I take the tram in (rare nowadays because of the problems you mention) it was a thoroughly painful experience - going round corners at 10mph as the rails screech away, not to mention way too many stations.

The Airport line was going to be similar when it was in the planning stages - but then they realised how bad the Eccles line was and took out about a third of the stations planned in order to speed it up - that line isn't too bad.

The Trafford line was going to be a lot more bendy with a lot more curves when it was in the planning stages - but again they've listened to Eccles line passengers and have straightened it out (as the map above shows).

With Metrolink, it's the fast, segregated and heavy rail-like sections of the network which are the most popular with passengers - the Altrincham, Bury, East Didsbury and Oldham/Rochdale lines all receive much higher passenger numbers than the East Manchester, Eccles and Airport lines - and this is because these latter three lines struggle to compete with long-established bus routes which run alongside them. The Airport line does a little better because its 24hr service pattern is popular with late night/early morning flyers (and Airport staff).

For the foreseeable future it looks like Metrolink will go more in the direction extending onto converted heavy rail lines than tram lines (with the exception of the Trafford Centre line of course), because they're now looking into tram-train technology, which will allow the network to expand onto railway lines. This is essentially Metrolink going back to its roots - where it converted the Bury/Altrincham railway lines.

There are a few possible candidates for conversion to Metrolink: the Rose Hill line, Glossop line and Wigan Wallgate (via Atherton) lines are looking like candidates for a new "Third City Crossing" network, and these lines create potential for branching off to other places in the future as well: such as Stockport, Hyde and Monton.
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Nice to see they are reusing old disused railway tracks. I wish they did it more elsewhere rather to simply turning them into pedestrian walkways at the best. So much efforts were put into railway 150 years ago and it's pity to see it's going to waste in some places.
At least with pedestrian walkways the routes are still there to be reconverted later, if you build housing etc on them then those potential paths for rail are lost forever.
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Owen St | Great Jackson
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Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post129979140

  • Address: Plots 1, 2, 3 & 4 Owen St, Great Jackson, City Zone Manchester M15

  • Architect: Simpson-Haugh

  • Floors: Tallest 64, smallest 43

  • Number of apartments: 1,400

  • Height: Tallest 200.5m

  • Completion: for Tower 1 & Tower 4: 2018. For Tower 2 & Tower 3: 2020

  • Developer: Renaker

Current status: Towers 1 & 4 at Under Construction, Towers 2 & 3 Approved

Nearest transport: Deansgate Castlefield:







Slurry/retaining wall construction is coming along at a rapid pace.

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New apartment block proposed on Red Lion St in the Northern Quarter.

Original planning application has been revised to add one more floor.

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Barnes Hospital Village | Cheadle
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Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post132812538

  • Address: 7 Whitby Close, Cheadle, Stockport, Greater Manchester SK8

  • Architect: Original hospital building: Lawrence Booth; New homes & renovation: Jeffrey Bell

  • Heritage Consultant: Turley

  • Completion: Early 2017

  • Local Authority: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

  • Developer: Henley Homes

Current status: Under construction

Nearest transport: East Didsbury









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Stockport | Greater Manchester

A little update on Stockport, a suburban borough in south east Manchester.

Stockport facts
  • Population: 286,755

  • Area (borough): 48.6sqmi (126.0 km2)

  • Authority: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

  • Train time to central Manchester (Piccadilly): 20 minutes (local train); 9 minutes (express train).



Due to quick train times to central Manchester, relatively cheap land and good governance, Stockport is now starting to ride the wave of a bit of a boom.

All photos by TLX100.


Stockport Exchange
  • Office space: 370,000sqft

  • Hotel beds: 150

  • Developer: Muse

  • Cost: £145m







    Now nearing completion:











Redrock

  • Cost: £45m

  • Retail space: 75,000sqft

  • Car park spaces: 360

  • Developer: GVA, Stockport MB Council






    Construction starting:








Regent House

Regent House's lower floors are being converted to a 86-bedroom Travelodge









Stockport Homes head office

Stockport Homes are building a new HQ

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I actually liked Stockport when I visited it a week or so ago. I loved the old Victorian streets heading up to the old market and the Viaduct looks cool. Just a pity about the horrid mall that covered up the river and the bus station. Perhaps one day those will be repaired.

All up though, a really nice place.
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First St South | Great Jackson
Mixed use | City Zone

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=594502

  • Address: 10-12 Whitworth St, Knott Mill, City Zone Manchester M2

  • Architect: Callison RTKL

  • Floors: 26, 23, 10 & 8

  • Completion: 2019

  • Number of apartments: 624

  • Height: Tallest 86m, second 77m

  • Developer: Ask/Patrizia

Current status: Groundworks

Nearest transport: Deansgate Castlefield:








This proposal is very unpopular on the Manc forums, and you can see why

Regardless, groundworks have now started. There'll be two new towers - one 86m (26 floors) and another 77m (23m), surrounded by a series of smaller residential blocks set around a residential and retail courtyard.

It'll bring 625 apartments to this area of town, which currently has well over 3,000 apartments planned and under construction:

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