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Old February 14th, 2015, 11:39 AM   #561
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Good to see the above being resurrected, no reason this shouldn`t see completion given the massive amount of investment and redevelopment taking place in SPQ.
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This was posted by SE9 on the London forum, but it's also relevant for Manchester.

Manchester has ranked within the top 20 global cities in the 2015 Sustainable Cities Index -

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Arcadis (Amsterdam) | 2015






Report: Sustainable Cities Index 2015



Associated news articles

The Guardian: Frankfurt beats London to most sustainable city title

Zawya: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha are the region's most sustainable cities

South China Morning Post: Hong Kong takes second in Asia on list of sustainable cities










Manchester has also ranked quite highly on the cross-border retail attractiveness index: ranking joint 33rd for luxury retail and 34th for broader retail -

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Report: Destination Europe 2015







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Old February 14th, 2015, 08:27 PM   #563
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Good to see Manchester ranking so highly in all categories, the turn around Manchester is undergoing is obviously now starting to be ranked and rated internationally and by creditable bodies, and institutions.
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Old February 15th, 2015, 02:00 PM   #564
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CitySuites | Chapel St | Greengate | 54m | 17 fl | App

A project already well covered in this thread, however we now have a "fly through"...

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The most desirable address in Manchester. No compromise.

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Studios from £168,360
One-bedroom apartments from £207,030
Two-bedroom apartments from £334,564


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Some kind of premium worked into those prices on account of 1-12 month leases, or simply just the additional 'hotel style' facilities?
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Old February 16th, 2015, 11:57 AM   #565
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Whitworth Art Gallery | Extension | Completed | Open | Stunning...

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http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/News/FIRST-LOOK-Whitworth-Art-Gallerys-15m-Refurb


An area we haven't seen yet - The Collections Access/Study centre:



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Cai Guo-Qiang - Unmanned Nature

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The Art Garden at the back and the entrance into the park and area around here is still in the final stages of getting all its final bits of landscaping finished off, but once that is all done and has all settled in, it will look even better.

Now onto an amazing day for the gallery, so many people were inside. There were queues all day to get into the Café, for the talks within the Grand Hall and to get into the Cai Guo-Qiang, Unmanned Nature exhibition.

And there was even a queue to get inside The Whitworth itself! Here is a photo to show how busy it was, this was taken when I arrived just after 12pm, all calm and fairly quiet.



By the time I was leaving just before 3pm, there was a queue from the entrance and snaking around the new Sculpture Terrace.



And now for many many photos of The Whitworth.







































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One word and one word only can describe The Whitworth now and it is simply STUNNING, the building and the exhibitions on show.

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Old February 16th, 2015, 05:12 PM   #566
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Old February 16th, 2015, 05:20 PM   #567
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I walk past Whitworth every day, and there's still a big pile of rubble on the front lawn from all the construction work over the winter. Sometimes there's a small group of people standing next to it - workers and such - that mean from afar it looks like an art installation being judged by discerning visitors.

Also, the bus stop right outside there seems to be ground zero for immigrating students. A couple of weeks ago, when it was freshers at the university, I was asked on five separate occasions where the nearest Nandos was by foreigners with huge luggage cases. I think it's some kind of meeting place.

They need to bring down the fencing at the front, though. Because it's forcing bikes onto the pedestrian lane.

It's weird that they've opened it now when the exterior is still in a complete mess.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 06:35 PM   #568
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Proof the opening weekend figure is even more incredible when you read this.

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Antony Gormley, Jeanette Winterson and a Nobel prize-winning physicist were among the hordes enjoying Manchester’s renovated Whitworth Gallery on its reopening weekend. Helen Pidd was there

Helen Pidd Northern editor

Monday 16 February 2015

There were queues around the block for the new Whitworth gallery when it opened after a £15m revamp over the weekend.

Some 17,938 people visited over Saturday and Sunday – more than the Oxford Road venue used to receive in a month.

On Friday night most of London’s art world appeared to have come up on the Pendolino, with certain guests rather more likely to have flown in via private jet. At a packed dinner in the Grand Hall on Friday night, the billionaire philanthropist and art patron Pauline Karpidas, originally a Manchester lass, was squished in elbow-to-elbow with Antony Gormley, Susie Orbach and Jeanette Winterson.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 11:18 PM   #569
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A few more observations about the Whitworth...

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I love the way that some of those glazed galleries seem to float into the surrounding park. Very inspiring! I'll be getting down there myself as soon as I can, but my daughter is due to have a baby any day, or any moment, now, and I'm on constant waiting duty.

I hope that the cafe is still run by the fabulous team that ran it before?
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Gorgeous building there, definitely on my to-do list when I visit Manchester.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 10:12 AM   #570
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The Whitworth is looking good, I've been in a couple of times but it looks very different inside now, I'll have to go again soon.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 11:26 AM   #571
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Old February 17th, 2015, 12:13 PM   #572
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I was there yesterday and its beautiful...there`s so much to take in, have to go back.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #573
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Not every city is as big or as famous as Manchester, but the way it has used the arts for civic growth is something others can learn from...



There was a sense of joy in Manchester as the Whitworth art gallery reopened at the weekend. On Friday, the art worlds of Manchester, Glasgow and London converged to celebrate its £15m renewal with a memorably explosive fireworks display (or meteor shower, as it was poetically described). On Saturday and Sunday about 18,000 members of the public came to see the art and hear music from Manchester Camerata and the Hallé Youth Choir.

Such was the feeling of newly minted municipal pride one could have been forgiven for thinking one had fallen through a chink in time to the days before the banking crisis. But then the refurbishment of the Whitworth (a gallery that CP Scott, owner and editor of the Manchester Guardian, was instrumental in establishing in 1889) is merely one in a series of major events in the city’s artistic life. The Central Library reopened last spring after a £50m revamp; the Royal Northern College of Music completed a £7.1m refurbishment of its concert hall in the autumn; Manchester School of Art has opened a new £34m building. The £25m Home – a theatre, five-screen cinema and gallery – opens this April. And in July, the Manchester international festival will take over the city with its programme of eye-catching artistic collaborations.

The council is the driving force behind all this, with cash also coming from the city’s universities, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other bodies. Its longstanding leader, Sir Richard Leese, and chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein, have an unwavering vision for the city, and its cultural development is entirely of a piece with Sir Howard’s canny deal with chancellor George Osborne for increased spending power (known as Devo-Manc locally) and, as announced in last year’s autumn statement, more cash (including for yet another cultural building, the £78m Factory). Manchester wants to run its own affairs, and it wants to stand out.

It is reasonable to ask why Manchester should be so fervently supporting the arts, regarded by many austerity-pressed British cities as a nice-to-have rather than a necessity. The reason is that Manchester sees culture as part of its growth strategy. A flourishing arts scene promotes the city as a destination for tourism and attracts businesses...
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Old February 17th, 2015, 07:57 PM   #574
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Manchester once more buzzing with innovative schemes...

A word of warning: as investors rush to find a home for funds that have rippled out of London, there is a danger that some of the fundamentals are being overlooked.


Buildings are being purchased at such low yields that in our opinion, they will not be easy to relet when voids appear and will also not show the rental growth expected.

Manchester rents are rising and incentives are hardening on both grade A and grade B space, but this trend cannot be applied across the board. Each building, each location — macro and micro — is different. One yield does not fit all and in Manchester, that’s always been the case. But when the market overheats, some investors and, dare I say, some of their agents, choose to overlook this.

There are, however, some exciting schemes in Manchester and the buzz is definitely back. Starwood Capital’s purchase of Manchester’s historic Royal Exchange could well be an inspired move as it looks to get right under the skin of the building, rather than tinker around the edges as has been the case in the building’s recent history. Demand from new tenants is already very encouraging.

In Salford Quays, Hunter REIM’s purchase of Exchange Quay also looks well-timed, as with a steadily improving occupier market and a £10m investment in the fabric of the scheme, tenant demand is also on the rise. This rise is part of a general trend in Salford Quays, where we still don’t believe that the knock-on effect of MediaCityUK and the BBC has been truly seen.

Barwood is also looking strong on Manchester Green adjacent to Manchester Airport, where it bought a moribund scheme at the right time and at the right price. With speculative investment, the value can be unlocked. Chiesi took the first building to be refurbished (18,500 sq ft) immediately after completion of works and Barwood is pushing ahead with the next.

Mark Canning is director at Canning O’Neill, on Manchester’s most exciting projects

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Metrolink Extension: Second City Crossing
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Miles: 1 | Number of stations: 3 | Developer: TfGM

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...6944&page=2041

A new line for the City Zone running between St Peter's Square and Victoria on the below map:





Pictures by Freel07 on the Manc forums. Rails are now starting to appear on the streets:







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Old February 18th, 2015, 02:52 PM   #578
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Rail station | Victoria, City

Floors: N/A | Developer: Network Rail

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The Metrolink station at Victoria reopened this morning after about 11 months of closure, as these pictures from The Duke demonstrate:







The station still isn't quite finished though, and signage is not yet in place:

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Old February 18th, 2015, 08:09 PM   #579
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First Street Update...


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Tony Wilson Place taking shape.


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Innside gets a little raised terrace.


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Looking back at the landscape strategy, for an idea of whats to come.



5 new trees outside Innside.



Will have to see what the final design is for this tiered seating, chunky timber tops with stenciled metal under, possibly illuminated.



At the other gateway, fan sett paving. May already have been laid?

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If they don't illuminate those benches then they really are missing a trick. It would be nice to finally see a developer and the council think about aesthetics
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