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Old June 13th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #61
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Are more people committing to Manchester offices?

A higher number of people in Manchester's commercial development market are committing to offices in the city, says a specialist.

Between the first quarters of 2010 and 2011, property investment specialists have seen a 200 per cent rise in the number of people committing themselves to office space in the city, a representative from OfficeBroker.com has revealed.

Simon Jones, research project manager for the website, said: "Manchester is following in the wake of central London; it's not a trend that's established itself nationally at all."

Ordinarily, Central London sets office trends and then the activity seen in the capital gradually spreads out into regional cities, Mr Jones added. As well as this, he stated that Manchester is one of the forerunners outside of London, alongside Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

It was reported last month that Anvic Developments will re-open the top floor of its Piccadilly House site in Manchester, which is part of a £3 million upgrade.
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Construction work to proceed on Manchester commercial scheme

Plans to redevelop a Manchester courthouse for commercial purposes have been given the go-ahead, potentially paving the way for the creation of new local construction jobs.

Henry Boot Developments has received local authority approval to proceed with construction work to transform the grade two-listed former County Courts building on Deansgate into 13,500 square feet of offices and 14,000 square feet of retail and leisure space.

The developer also aims to reduce the building's carbon dioxide emissions by 20% through the implementation of several eco-friendly features such as mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and highly efficient variable flow refrigerant heating and cooling systems.

Adam Brady, head of Henry Boot's Manchester office, commented: "We are in the fortunate position of being self-funded and therefore do not need to rely on external sources of finance to progress the scheme. "Now that the planning approval is in place, we will be working hard to get things moving."

Shepherd Developments was also granted final planning approval last month for the £30 million redevelopment of Trafford town hall, which could also bolster construction recruitment in the Greater Manchester area.
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Old June 15th, 2011, 04:42 AM   #63
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'Massive price differential' in offices outside centre of London

Getting commercial property space outside the centre of London can be more cost-effective.

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Old June 16th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #66
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Henry Boot granted planning approval for Manchester property scheme

Henry Boot Developments has obtained planning consent to redevelop the former County Courts commercial development in Manchester's Deansgate region.

Property investment practitioners at the firm will transform the site into 13,500 sq ft of high specification Grade A office space, while over 14,000 sq ft of retail stores and leisure accommodation will be constructed.

Adam Brady, head of Henry Boot Developments' Manchester office, said: "Perfectly located on one of Manchester's busiest roads and at the gateway to Spinningfields, the Courthouse will offer all the benefits of the city's newest business district." Mr Brady also stressed that he will attempt to maintain a number of the sites original features, as it is a Grade II listed site that was constructed more than 100 years ago.

London24.com has reported that a renovation scheme valued at £10 million is being proposed for the Exchange shopping centre in Ilford.
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AXA Real Estate gets green light for £50m office development in Manchester

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, a leading real estate fund and asset manager with €39.4bn of assets under management as at March 2011, has received planning consent for a £50m development of new office space in Manchester’s St Peter’s Square.

AXA Real Estate manages the property on behalf of Manchester based insurance firm, the Co-operative Insurance Society Ltd (CIS), which owns the building.

AXA Real Estate intends to replace Peterloo House, the seven floor, 40,000 sq ft 1960?s office building currently on the site, with a new 108,000 sq ft, 12 story, Grade A office scheme in its place. Situated on Dickinson Street in Manchester’s central business district and fronting onto St Peter’s Square, the new building, which has been designed by architects Squire and Partners, will provide accommodation for around 800 employees.

Construction is expected to commence once around 50% of the building has been pre-let. WHR Property Consultants and CBRE have been appointed as agents to secure prospective tenants. The new building has been designed to highly sustainable standards and will target a BREEAM “Excellent? rating. It will also feature an impressive Palazzo style façade, incorporating copper trimmings to keeping it in line with the surrounding architecture.

Commenting on the development, Dorrien Thomas, UK Head of Asset Management at AXA Real Estate, said: “Receipt of planning consent at St Peter’s Square means that we can now push ahead in earnest with marketing this new well-located Grade A office space in the middle of Manchester’s central business district. We have worked closely with Manchester City Council over recent months to ensure that the project fulfilled all the requirements we felt were necessary to attract businesses into the scheme but also provided the perfect complement to the Council’s wider regeneration plans for the area.”

Other developments designed by Squire & Partners include HSBC Bank’s headquarter offices in St James's, London, SW1, Reiss’s headquarter offices in the West End and Unison’s headquarter offices on Euston Road.
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Hi All, new to the forums.

Once the M5000's are delivered and commisioned at Queens Road, 3016 and over, they are moved to Old Trafford, what towes them and has anyone got pics of this movement
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Old August 7th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #71
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Multi-million pound BMX Centre set to open in Manchester

A new £24 million ($39 million/€27.5 million) BMX Centre in Manchester, where Britain's top riders are expected to train before next year's Olympics, will be officially opened to the public tomorrow.

The new facility, based at the National Cycling Centre, is set to host major BMX events, but will also be a major community resource that will be available to use to schoolchildren from Manchester and other cyclists who will be able to discounted "pay and ride" sessions in the evening and at the weekend.

The centre was funded by Manchester City Council, Sport England and the European Regional Development Fund, which is managed in the region by the North West Development Agency. The cost of the building itself was £19 million ($31 million/€22 million) with a further £5 million ($8 million/€5.7 million) spent on improving public realm, including a new bridge linking the National Cycling Centre to the new Metrolink stop.

"The centre will offer the local community an opportunity to train alongside British BMX stars, inspiring future generations of riders and host new British Cycling headquarters," said Ian Drake, the chief executive of British Cycling. "The complex is being built as part of the London 2012 legacy plan, a great example of the positive impact the Games are having on sport and communities outside of London."

The 110,000 square foot centre will include a 2,000 seat arena, British Cycling offices, plus cycle shopping and café facilities when it officially opens later this year. There will also be an official unveiling of the British Cycling Hall of Fame as part of the Reg Harris Heritage Day, which took place on August 27.

"The opening of the National BMX Centre is incredibly exciting," said Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council Executive Member for Culture and Leisure. "It's no exaggeration to say that there's nothing like it anywhere else. The world's finest will train here, and young people from East Manchester will get the opportunity to use the facilities and aim for the highest awards in the sport of BMX."

"Next year will see a national focus on sport, and I hope the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will inspire Manchester residents to take advantage of the world-class facilities on their door step. I am sure that in the years to come, there will be British gold medalists who first learned their skills right here at the National BMX Centre."
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Old January 31st, 2012, 02:08 PM   #74
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Royal London Asset Management's 21,000 sq ft office building in New Islington, east Manchester, will be called Fabrica, after the area's textile heritage.

RLAM said Fabrica, on the corner of Pollard Street and Great Ancoats Street, is the 'only true speculative office development in Manchester city centre', others such as One St Peter's Square being partially pre-let.

The BREEAM 'excellent' office building designed by 5plus Architects, will contain four floors of offices over the ground floor reception. Work started on site last year on the office and adjacent hotel building for Ibis, which will contain 150 rooms and street-level retail.

The main contractor is Galliford Try. CR8 Management is the project manager. WHR Property Consultants is the retained agent on the scheme, due for completion in November 2012.
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I've done a few updates on the Manchester Metrolink thread so heres a proper update for Manchester, all very recent photos. I'll try and keep up to date in the future.

ITV at MediaCity under construction. This is across the Manchester Ship Canal from the main BBC site.
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The new Co-op HQ taken by myself


Ibis Hotel and Offices in Ancoats....
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IMG_0566 by carlf18, on Flickr

Old Trafford Cricket ground redevelopment....


17 New Wakefield Street. Should be the 4th tallest in the City once completed. Taken at Slowburn...


Chethams School of Music taken by thecityofgold
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Old July 6th, 2012, 11:18 PM   #76
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Aedas creates an icon for Greater Manchester Police

The requirement for a new Force Headquarters for Greater Manchester Police was identified following a review and rationalisation of the Police's estate. Greater Manchester Police's prime objective was the creation of an iconic, state-of-the-art headquarters facility that not only provided the authority with a building with civic presence and quality, but also created an inspiring and welcoming environment able to fully support the team in providing the best level of public service.

In addition to the internal operational requirements of the tenant, the site layout had to satisfy the detailed requirements of the Home Office, to provide a secure standoff around the building. Through the careful integration of landscape features and Home Office requirements Aedas were able to maintain the quality of the public realm throughout the business park creating a civic setting for the building making it welcoming and approachable.

At the heart of the design process the aim was to ensure that the arrival at the building, movement through the building and the quality of the finishes were dramatic, exciting, inspiring and welcoming. Aedas Architects achieved this by developing a rich and vibrant colour palette, incorporating the client's brand colours, and an 'icon' theme unique to Greater Manchester Police.

Six iconic people (Robert Peel, Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein and Emmeline Pankhurst) represent the different floors symbolising the values, beliefs and achievements admired by the police and community also serving to facilitate wayfinding. Typographic artwork was created by making the icon facesfrom keywords representing the ethos of Greater Manchester Police Force. Quotes from well-known politicians, sportsmen, businessmen, authors and musicians are also used throughout the building to give colour and inspiration.

Police forces as an organisation are made up of a vast range of diverse functions and services all with their own specific operational requirements. As a whole they need working space that responds to a dynamic and challenging world to meet the demands of modern day policing. To consolidate and enhance those working procedures within one facility the project team worked closely with the future stakeholders from project inception to construction completion.

The principle challenge that the building design had to respond to was the conflicting requirements of the end users; Greater Manchester Police and the Counter Terrorism Unit. The aspirations of Greater Manchester Police were to create an open, transparent and welcoming building which reached out to the community, providing a first class working environment promoting team working and cross fertilisation of information amongst the staff. The aspirations of the Counter Terrorism Unit were similar in terms of promoting teamwork, but with a strong focus on security and privacy. This conflict presented a design challenge to the architectural language of the building, leading to a robust and secure exterior which responds to the technical requirements of the Home Office and CPNI, with a much lighter interior arranged around the central atrium space.

Cost control analysis was provided by the main contractor who had to provide 95% Cost Certainty at Stage C and 100% Cost Certainty at Stage E. This led to an open book policy being encouraged to ensure maximum value. Continual cost balancing exercises provided the design team with opportunities to make strategic savings in order to elevate more vital components of the scheme to deliver further quality and detailed work upfront with selected specialist subcontractors provided the necessary level of input to inform costing and interface design.

A key component of ensuring that the required build quality was achieved was the appointment and procurement methodology employed by the Developer. The design was fully developed by the time the contract price was agreed, at which point the Architect took on a dual role for the remainder of the project. The design was completed on behalf of the contractor, but the architect also provided a retained role specifically aimed at ensuring the original design intent was maintained and the standard of workmanship was achieved throughthe full inspection of the building at completion.

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Old July 6th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #77
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Glazed design echoes force's ethos of 'open policing'

The new Divisional Headquarters for North Manchester Police designed by Aedas brings together custodial, administrative, operation and strategic policing functions to a single building.

The Divisional Headquarters responds architecturally to the adjacent Force HQ, also by Aedas,whilst havinga very differently form and function. Both buildings utilise anodised curtain walling framing, glass, and white precast concrete, but whilst the rigid repeating panels react to the scale and corporate nature of the Force HQ building, the Divisional HQ has a more flowing aesthetic of solid overlapping concrete frames in filled with continuous full height glazing.

One of the challenges in the external design was to tie the single storey custody units together with the 4 storey office to a coherent whole. This was successfully achieved by wrapping the office accommodation round two of the custody suite elevations, providing a secure shrouding, and using a tiered massing arrangement to the south and west elevations ensuring that the building composition remains balanced and articulated from each aspect.

Open plan office space is provided within each floor plate supporting GMPs new flexible working arrangements and promoting the communication and responsiveness that police work necessitates.

A variety of social spaces and experiences are provided throughout the building. A double height internal street with a glazed roof runs through the centre of the ground floor plan, separating the office and custodial functions and providing the main circulation routes between the cores and entrance areas. Small breakout spaces are provided within the open plan offices areas and the third floor contains a dining area / social space, a large external terrace and a gymnasium. An external landscaped breakout space is also provided at ground level.

Greater Manchester Police believe that the new building represents the 'open policing' ethos of the force in relation to its public portrayal and transparency, and will have a positive impact on the workforce within.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: "The building has been extremely well thought through and my colleagues and I feel very privileged to be its first tenants."

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Plans for a £61m research institute to help develop the world's "thinnest and strongest" material have been released.

The National Graphene Institute (NGI), at the University of Manchester, is set to open in 2015 and create 100 jobs.

Graphene - a flat sheet of carbon, one-atom thick - is almost completely transparent and is a good conductor of electricity.

Two academics at the university won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research into graphene in 2010.

Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov took the award for isolating the material and measuring some of its properties.

The university said the five-floor NGI will be the UK's "home of research" into graphene.

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It will include a large research lab and two "cleanrooms", where experiments can be carried out without contamination.

The glass-fronted 7,600 sq m building on Booth Street East will be predominantly funded by £38m from the government.

A further £23m has been applied for from the European Research and Development Fund, the university confirmed.

Professor Novoselov said: "The National Graphene Institute is fundamentally important to continue the world-class graphene research started in Manchester.

"Our researchers and scientists will be able to collaborate with colleagues from other universities and from some of the world's leading companies, which can only serve to enhance scientific research."

The university said the long-term expectation for the centre is to create thousands of jobs in the North West and across the UK.

It added graphene has the potential to revolutionise a "huge number of applications", including smartphones and ultrafast broadband.

The material could be used to detect drugs in the body or improve airport security, according to new research published in the Nature Materials journal.
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A new high-tech hub could cash in on the discovery of graphene, believe town hall bosses – while acting as a gateway between the city centre and universities

Manchester's answer to Silicon Valley could replace the BBC’s old headquarters under ambitious new plans for the Oxford Road site.

A new high-tech hub could cash in on the discovery of graphene, believe town hall bosses – while acting as a gateway between the city centre and universities.

They also foresee at least one skyscraper, a private hospital or college and a string of independent shops.

But they have more or less ruled out a large supermarket or student flats – despite both being central to plans unveiled by its owner last summer.

Manchester council describes the six-acre site, the former home of New Broadcasting House, as a ‘blank canvas’ that could host 6,000 new jobs by 2018.

A report by chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, going before bosses today, says the council does not intend to be ‘overly prescriptive’.

But with two universities nearby, it would be ideally anchored by a cluster of scientific, digital, health and research-based firms, he says – including, potentially, those looking to create products from Manchester’s wonder-material graphene.

One or more skyscraper is also recommended as a ‘beacon’ for the area’s renewal, while flats, a hotel and even a theatre are all suggested as suitable additions.

The BBC sold the site to local developers Realty Estates for £10m two years ago.

Realty’s £200m vision, unveiled last summer, with a large supermarket and student accommodation at its heart. But the council says a food store would waste the site’s potential.

Instead, it recommends independent, Northern Quarter-style shops facing onto both Oxford Road and Charles Street.

Meanwhile, new student accommodation on the site should be the exception rather than the rule, it says, as the market is already highly competitive.

But more would be made of the River Medlock, which is in large parts currently hidden from view, while a street would cut through the middle of the site to better link Oxford Road with Princess Street.

Realty declined to comment, although one insider said the market had changed since it announced its plans last summer. The new blueprint was a ‘very important step’ forward for the site, they said, adding: “There’s been lots of work ongoing between the parties and we are now more confident a solution can be reached.”
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