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Old February 24th, 2015, 04:50 PM   #601
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Good news about the Bupa HQ. Not a bad looking building too.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 06:51 PM   #602
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Development Securities said more than half of the 172 flats in the proposed Axis residential tower in central Manchester, a joint venture with Property Alliance Group, have been reserved off plan already.

Planning permission for the 27-storey 153,000 sq ft residential tower at the end of Deansgate Locks was secured in November. The building was designed by 5plus Architects. JLL is marketing the apartments. The prices of the apartments reserved were not disclosed. Marketing material offers investors expected rental yields of 6-7% a year.

Central Manchester's apartment market is running at close to full occupancy and thousands more units are now planned in the next wave of development to meet demand from the city's growing population.

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Old February 24th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #603
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My only problem with the Bupa HQ is that it looks like the scaffolding hasn't come down yet. It doesn't have the flat elegance of the Graphene Institute. If you're gonna do that curtain of metal thing, it has to be smooth, I think.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 07:38 PM   #604
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When the Corn Exchange opens is that going to kill off the printworks as a dining destination? I know which one I'd rather eat in.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 08:13 PM   #605
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Bupa agrees 145,000 sq ft deal with Peel...

More on the BUPA deal...

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The health and social care company has signed a 15-year lease with Peel Land & Property Group on a 145,000 sq ft new-build office near to its current base in Salford Quays.

Construction of the property, known as The Regent, should start in 2016 subject to planning approval. When completed, around 2,000 Bupa staff relocate from the company's current offices in Peel's Anchorage and Victoria buildings.

Bupa launched a 140,000 sq ft requirement in 2011, and by 2012 had shortlisted a block in Peel Media's MediaCityUK phase two, alongside Ask Development's First Street, Allied London's Spinningfields and Co-operative Group's Noma in Manchester as potential locations.

However in 2013 the requirement was believed to have been shelved.

Richard Bowden, Bupa UK managing director, said: "We're very excited about this move to The Regent and pleased that we've been able to stay in Salford Quays.

"We're determined to be the best-loved health and care company in the UK. This move will help us to develop more efficient ways of working so we can provide an even better service for our customers.

"It will also help towards our targets to be more sustainable through energy efficient design that also supports smart working practices."

Bupa's team will now work with its employees and Peel on developing the design and layout of the new space, with a target of moving into The Regent in 2018.

Bupa was advised during the process by Cushman & Wakefield.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #606
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Government is fast-tracking devolution of public health spending to the City to before the General Election.

This means that, post-devolution, Manchester will have more control over itself than London. Nowhere else has local NHS control.

I think nay-sayers will raise issues that this is no longer a NATIONAL Health Service, if it's controlled locally.




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Devolution: Now Greater Manchester gets control of its entire £6bn NHS budget
Manchester Evening News: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....r-gets-8712970


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Greater Manchester is to be handed control of its ENTIRE £6bn NHS budget, the M.E.N. can reveal.

The surprise decision - a national first - represents a quarter of the region’s public spending budget and is the latest wave of devolution .

From April 2016, Chancellor George Osborne wants to give town hall bosses and local health leaders powers over every penny spent on public health; social care; GP services; mental health; and acute and community care.

The package - most of which is currently overseen by NHS England - accounts for the region’s entire health and social care system.

A new board will be set up to take decisions for the region, according to a draft ‘memorandum of understanding’ with the Treasury.

Details have still to be confirmed but the outline plans have been agreed at ‘surprising’ speed by the government, said local sources.

The move - described as ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘unprecedented’ in an internal document seen by the M.E.N - will include powers over the workforce, regulation, information sharing and NHS buildings - as well as the cash itself.

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to visit Manchester in the next few days to officially announce the 'ground-breaking' decision
Clinical commissioning groups of GPs would remain in place, but work more closely with town hall chiefs. The plan is aimed at improving care by allowing commissioning decisions to be taken locally.

Mr Osborne is expected to visit Manchester in the coming days to formally announce the move.

It represents a major step forward in the region’s devolution agenda, which has been seen as a trailblazer for other parts of the country.

In the autumn, Mr Osborne agreed to hand over a wave of new cash and power over transport, skills and housebuilding. In return, leaders agreed to have an elected mayor from 2017.

But full control over health budgets was considered at the time to be some way off.

So the latest move represents a major step towards their stated goal of controlling all £25bn of Greater Manchester’s public spending.

One insider said the Treasury’s decision had been unexpectedly quick, adding: “Devolution is a ball that’s rolling and cannot be stopped. But the speed and the timing of it has come as a surprise.”

Another said: “It’s a real statement.”
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Old February 24th, 2015, 10:25 PM   #607
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Old February 25th, 2015, 12:46 PM   #608
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Cambridge Street | 83/63m | 29/21 fl | U/C

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I was lucky enough to be taken on a site visit yesterday. Thanks to Pete and Pat for taking me round.

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Core A




Concrete is now being poured on the basement floors so expect to see them rising around core A soon.
While the winter weather has naturally hindered progress the project still expects to complete at the end of 2016.

Atop core A: height yesterday afternoon just over 84m. Depending on conditions, the core rises between approx 1.5m and 2.8m a day. Once core A is finished in the next few of weeks, slip forming will move to core B.



I'm regretting not taking a decent camera up there now as the views were spectacular...although I have to say the urge to throw my phone off the edge was barely resistible.

















Samples of the exterior, which are now approved by planning. The Corium bricks clip-in individually and seem to have a non-porous glazed finish.





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Old February 25th, 2015, 07:11 PM   #609
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Manchester Victoria Station
Rail station | Victoria, City

Floors: N/A | Developer: Network Rail

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post120709341








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Old February 25th, 2015, 07:30 PM   #610
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The station is looking gorgeous. Thanks for the update man.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 01:09 AM   #611
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The station is looking gorgeous. Thanks for the update man.
No worries! It's starting to look like the renders now. I can't wait to arrive back in Manchester from Newcastle in March/April (no idea when yet ) into this bright, brand new station. So far removed from what it used to look like, thank god.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #612
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Holiday Inn Aytoun St
Hotel | Piccadilly, City

Floors: 8 | No. of rooms: 330 | Operator: Holiday Inn

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1462518&page=5







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They'll be a canalside terrace/bar restaurant:

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Old February 26th, 2015, 01:15 PM   #613
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Crowne Plaza, W. Booth
Hotel | W. Booth St, City

Floors: 20 | Developer: Crowne Plaza

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1594551











Work continuing on site - this picture by GShutty shows the ground works:

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Old February 26th, 2015, 02:23 PM   #614
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The World Class Lowry Venue Salford Quays...

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The Lowry arts centre in Salford Quays to get £3m overhaul with new entrance and restaurant extension

The Lowry arts centre is to get a new £3m entrance and extension to its restaurant.

The original iconic building was officially opened in 2000 at a cost of £106m.

Architects James Stirling Michael Wilford Associates were chosen to design the two-theatre complex, which is also home to the world’s largest collection of L S Lowry works.

In reference to the famous museum in Bilbao, The Lowry was described as ‘not quite Salford’s Guggenheim’.

Now Salford council has granted planning permission for an extension.

Full story...http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....-quays-8724712


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Old February 26th, 2015, 03:35 PM   #615
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X1 MediaCity
Apartments | Michigan Avenue, Salford

Floors: 4x26 | Number of Apartments: 1,600 | Developer: X1

Current Status: Planning application submitted, awaiting approval

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...=403150&page=8







Phase 1 (the first tower) is now 75% sold out.

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Setting the standard in luxury living

Published last Friday at 9:16 AM.

X1 Media City: Phase 1 Selling Out Fast


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X1 MEDIA City is the investment development that's changing the city skyline. Work is about to start on the four iconic towers that will be home to 1036 luxury apartments in the heart of Salford Quays. http://www.manchesterconfidential.co...lling-Out-Soon
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56 Dale/Finlay's Warehouse
Apartment Conversion | City

Number of apartments: 26 | Developer: Julie Twist

Current Status: Under Construction / Conversion ongoing

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post121955894



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Work ongoing to convert Finlay's Warehouse at 56 Dale:

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Old February 26th, 2015, 06:51 PM   #617
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Wow, that conversion just looks sublime. That is what regeneration, and development is about, taking something you have and making it better. Manchester is getting better at this.

I may have to move in to one of those myself.
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This latest devolution now means that Manchester's future mayor will have more power over the city than London's mayor has over London. A great day for the city, and hopefully for the NHS.

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Greater Manchester £6bn NHS budget devolution begins in April
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...ester-31656313


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Greater Manchester will begin taking control of its health budget from April after a devolution agreement was signed by the Chancellor George Osborne.

The region's 10 councils and health groups will take over £6bn allocated for health and social care, with full powers being devolved a year later.

Mr Osborne signed the memorandum of understanding, dubbed Devo Manc, for "better, more joined-up health care".

Labour MP Barbara Keeley said: "We're being handed over a funding crisis."

From 1 April, the region will start making its own decisions which will "provide the foundations" for a Greater Manchester health and social care strategy.

Manchester City Council said this, along with business and investment proposals, would also give a "transitional plan" for full devolution by April 2016.

'No NHS reorganisation'
Mr Osborne said: "We have a landmark agreement to bring the local NHS and social care much more closely together.

"I am excited about all this because not only does it mean the people of Greater Manchester having more control over the decisions that affect their lives, I believe it will also lead to better, much more joined-up health care."

The agreement "does not require any reorganisation of the NHS or its principles", the city council said.

Under the plan Greater Manchester takes responsibility for adult, primary and social care

The region will also control mental health and community services and public health.

It will focus on preventative work in the community such as treating heart conditions by community specialists in a bid to ease pressure on hospitals
The 10 councils, 12 clinical commissioning groups, 15 NHS providers and NHS England will control the budget and deliver services.

The group will also build strategies around governance, regulation, finances and health education to run the devolved health service.

Ms Keeley said: "The problem with Osborne's offer is that it is on existing budgets.

"A&E has just been through its biggest crisis for many many years, so let's be realistic about it.

"There are big gaps in social care, our hospitals are in deficit [and] that's no way to do a proper job of integrating care, which is Labour's policy - to integrate health and social care at the local level."

The agreement is part of the government's northern powerhouse plan to close the economic gap between north and south by investing in regions.

The plan would see local leaders, and ultimately Greater Manchester's new directly elected mayor, control how budgets are allocated.

Ann Barnes, chief executive of Stockport NHS foundation Trust, said: "It is not about increasing power, but about increasing the health and prosperity of local people.

"We will have greater opportunities to respond swiftly and effectively to the needs of residents and really transform services for them. They will have a powerful voice in a powerful partnership."

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens described the memorandum of understanding as a "landmark agreement".

"[It] charts a path to the greatest integration and devolution of care funding since the creation of the NHS in 1948," he said.

"Greater Manchester now has a unique opportunity for innovation and improvement in health and wellbeing. The eyes of the country will now be on what this new partnership can deliver, and today the work begins."
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Manchester to challenge London as investment hub
IP Global: http://www.ipglobal-ltd.com/en/inves...ter-spotlight/

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Manchester is set to compete with London in terms of domestic and international property investment, according to a report.

The research, conducted by IP Global, claims that prices in Manchester will rise by 22.2% over the next three years.

It also shows that 65 FTSE 100 companies now have a base in the city.

The digital, media and financial services industries are the biggest contributors to Manchester’s economic growth, according to the report. The financial and professional services now contribute 21.2% of the city’s GVA.

Jonathan Benarr, senior investment manager at IP Global, said: “The exceptional resurgence of Manchester in the last few years, particularly its creative and digital sectors, means it is rapidly becoming a top-choice destination for property investment.

“The city is currently experiencing one of the highest rental growths in the UK, coupled with a severe undersupply of high-quality property assets in the city centre.”
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56 Dale/Finlay's Warehouse
Apartment Conversion | City

Number of apartments: 26 | Developer: Julie Twist

Current Status: Under Construction / Conversion ongoing

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post121955894



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Work ongoing to convert Finlay's Warehouse at 56 Dale:


Love regeneration of this sort... gives the City real character.
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