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Old April 13th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #781
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MOAF: "Greater Manchester set for record year"...

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According to figures from Manchester Office Agents Forum, 317,000 sq ft of office take-up was recorded in the city centre in the first quarter of 2015, alongside 214,000 sq ft in Salford Quays which exceeded the entirety of 2014 by 40%.

Peel's 120,000 sq ft pre-let deal with BUPA dominated Salford's figures, with work due to start on the development of a new-build office in 2016.

Notable deals in the city centre included EY which pre-committed to 41,628 sq ft at Mosley Street Ventures' 2 St Peter's Square, followed by PwC which agreed a 49,406 sq ft lease in Allied London's 1 Spinningfields. These buildings will be ready for occupation by mid-2017.

In the largest acquisition of an existing building, Rental Cars took 37,845 sq ft at the recently refurbished 35 Fountain Street.

There was 108,000 sq ft transacted in the first quarter in South Manchester. According to MOAF, there are a raft of large deals in the pipeline and the market is expected to continue with a strong performance. The 20,000 sq ft Colony is currently under construction, and is the first speculative development in South Manchester for many years, with others expected to follow.

Warrington achieved a take-up of 42,405 sq ft, with a large number of requirements expected to be met in the second quarter of the year.

Andrew Gardiner, director at TSG Property Consultants and spokesman for MOAF, said: "With the continued strong market, a reflection of the improving economic conditions, it is likely that we will see further pre let developments, and a possible return to speculative developments out of town. The balance of the market is clearly moving away from occupiers, and towards developers and landlords."
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That Gotham Hotel looks beautiful. I want to go there..
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Old April 13th, 2015, 03:57 PM   #783
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That Gotham Hotel looks beautiful. I want to go there..
Come up and stay for a weekend Bligh!

I too would love to stay there - although there's a hotel opening nearby with a rooftop swimming pool, so I'd love to stay there too
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Old April 13th, 2015, 05:26 PM   #784
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Old April 13th, 2015, 05:29 PM   #785
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Another First for First...

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"Gazprom signs at First Street"

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Global energy company Gazprom Energy is understood to have signed a pre-let for around 40,000 sq ft within a 157,000 sq ft building at Ask Development's First Street site in Manchester.

Gazprom has agreed to take the fifth and six floors of the block, with a source close to the deal confirming that the company also has an option to take a further 11,500 sq ft.

The space has been taken on a 15-year lease.

The total building will offer 157,000 sq ft of offices over six upper floors with a further 14,000 sq ft of ground floor retail and leisure space.

Construction on the site next to Number One First Street is expected to commence in October 2015 with completion in March 2017.

Gazprom is an energy company which focuses on the extraction of natural gas. The firm currently occupies 18,000 sq ft within BlackRock's Bauhaus office in Quay Street, Manchester.

The Gazprom deal is the latest in a series of large office lettings in Manchester, with UK Visas & Immigration understood to have signed for 50,000 sq ft within the Carlyle Group's 400,000 sq ft Soapworks scheme in Salford Quays last week.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 07:43 PM   #786
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Some of these are depressingly dull.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 08:39 PM   #787
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You've got to consider them in context. Yes, on the face of it they are white pillared boxes. Barely worth mentioning in pretty much any other city. Dime a dozen, etc etc.

But Manchester is a very, how shall we say? Monolithic city. It doesn't have a lot of highrise buildings, or even large ones of any height. But the office blocks it does have sit in the landscape like boulders. They tower over a scattershot of smaller, more historical plots that are usually lowrise and low impact.

2SPS sitting next to 1SPS, which is going to be right next to Landmark, they're all pretty much reflections of the Central Library, and modern updates of the Town Hall itself, just across the square. They aren't huge by international standards, but in Manchester's historic core, they are incredibly imposing. They loom in a way not many buildings can.

You've got to look to cities like Brisbane or Cape Town as comparisons. In that respect, these buildings are some of the most well-fitting in the world. They're a perfect nod to Manchester's industrial past, and evoke all the neoclassical bullshit that modern cities seem almost contractually obliged to build.

Manchester has a lot of big imposing blocks. Even the skyscrapers are Chicago-esque cereal boxes.
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Old April 14th, 2015, 11:30 AM   #788
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101 Embankment | Greengate | 11 fl | U/C...

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Taken yesterday.

Even the magic of Photoshop and my clone stamping couldn't quite stitch the two separately angeled pictures together seamlessly. Ignore the bottom left bit.

It's good to see the arches are being retained in some shape or form.



















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Old April 14th, 2015, 05:49 PM   #789
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£235m Sir Henry Royce Institute For Former-BBC Site
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BRUNTWOOD's revised masterplan for the ten-acre former-BBC site on Oxford Road will go before the Council executive committee today (Tuesday 14 April).

Works are expected to begin by 2016, with a detailed planning application put before the Council in July 2015.

The new masterplan - which will be developed alongside Bruntwood landholdings on Mancunian Way and Council landholdings around the roundabout on Upper Brook Street - includes two 'distinct development zones' comprising of:

- The proposed 400,000 sq ft £235m Sir Henry Royce Institute for materials research and innovation (announced by Chancellor George Osborne in December 2014)

- 1.2m sq ft of offices and research space

- 1000 space multi-storey car park

- six new residential blocks offering 650 new apartments and serviced-apartment suites

- 100,000 sq ft of retail/leisure/food & drink space

- two new public squares including one 28,115 sq ft at the heart of the masterplan

- redevelopment of Bruntwood's exisiting Manchester Technology Centre


It is estimated that the development could create between 9,500 to 11,800 new jobs for Oxford Road's Corridor (which has already seen £335m of funding committed to research into the commercial development of graphene and other advanced materials), contributing towards the Vision for The Corridor's aim to increase GVA by £1.9bn and create 22,000 jobs by 2020.

The report put to the executive committee states: "The redevelopment of the former BBC site is a key opportunity to renew and expand a major area of the city centre, in response to the city’s growth agenda, and could become one of the most significant opportunities for jobs and investment in the region for many years."
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New Union Street
Apartments | New Islington, Midtown

Floors: 1x8fl, 1x9fl, 1x10fl | Number of Apartments: 302 | Architect: RTKL

Current Status: Planning application submitted

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post123212996





Planning application launched for the first phase of the "Manchester Life" project, which will see 6,000 new homes built across the East side of of the city centre.

Have to say it's very disappointing architecturally.





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Old April 14th, 2015, 07:25 PM   #791
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Wilburn St
Apartments | Salford

Floors: 7-21 | Number of Apartments: 500 | Developer: Renaker

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...1755376&page=3






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"Hilton Garden Inn to check into Emirates Old Trafford"

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Hilton Garden Inn was today revealed as the brand for Lancashire County Cricket Club’s new £15m hotel


The venue is set to open in early 2017, with work set to start later this year.

Lancs is replacing its existing Old Trafford Lodge hotel, which has been operating for 16 years.

It has been working to raise the cash for the new 150 bedroom venue, including through the first ever cricket mini bond, which secured £3m towards the project.

The club then won a £5m cash injection from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and a £4m loan from Trafford council, which was approved last month.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said: “Our presence at top UK sporting venues is growing, and Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford will be another impressive addition to our portfolio, joining Hilton Wembley, Hilton at St George’s Park, DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes, and Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, which is due to open this year.

“The hotel will play an important role in enhancing the growing mixed-use offer at Emirates Old Trafford, which has established itself as a thriving business and leisure hub.”

Lancashire chairman Michael Cairns said: “We are delighted to be working with Hilton Worldwide in this franchise agreement.

“The Old Trafford Lodge is now 16 years old and has been a great asset to Lancashire County Cricket Club. However, due to the growth in our conference and events business at Emirates Old Trafford the time has now come to capitalise on the value and suitability of our location and to construct a high quality branded 150-room hotel which will complement our stunning venue.

“This is another example of a global, world class brand partnering with Lancashire County Cricket Club following our naming rights agreement with Emirates - and we look forward to a hugely successful future together.”

Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn, said: “Hilton Garden Inn is now present in more than 600 locations globally, and we are looking forward to bringing our upscale yet affordable brand to Emirates Old Trafford.

"The surrounding area benefits from robust demand for quality hotel accommodation, and Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford will offer a new standard for guests visiting the LCCC and its many nearby attractions.”

Each Hilton Garden Inn offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24 hour business centre, and a range of dining options.

Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford will include a restaurant, bar and The Pavilion Pantry, which will serve snacks throughout the day.
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Cambridge St
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Floors: 15-31 | Developer: Renaker

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post120941091



Pictures by iwillo showing a precast stairwell being lifted into the core this evening:



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Old April 15th, 2015, 12:57 PM   #794
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And On A Beautiful Sunny Day In St Peters Sq...

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Century House is down to basement level now...

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One Greengate
Apartments | Salford

Floors: 15-31 | Number of Apartments: 500 | Developer: Renaker

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post121223770




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Some excellent coverage of projects coming through at the moment VDB
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Some excellent coverage of projects coming through at the moment VDB
You too WingTips.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 12:58 PM   #798
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Lowry Wharf | Derwent St | Ordsall | 9 & 11 floors...

A development not given that much coverage on this particular thread however...

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Another Renaker build completed...

Block A from Ordsall Lane


Gap between blocks A and B with block D in the background


Block C


Block B side profile


Car Park for A and B


Car Park for C and D


Walkway down the side of block C leading to steps down to the river


Blocks C and D from the KFC car park


Taken from the river tow-path


Directly beneath block C


Finally, the view from across the river in the Vie building


All in all I quite like it, nothing spectacular by any means, but it adds a a lot of density along the Ordsall river front - and it certainly beats the run-down 1 storey industrial units that were there before. With this, Wilburn basin, 1 Water Street and the proposals for the plot next to The Mill on the other side of this development, this area is really expanding rapidly.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 04:50 PM   #799
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Redbrick always looks cheap to me.

The grey slate building on the waterfront looks a million times more impressive, just by its colour alone.
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Redbrick always looks cheap to me.

The grey slate building on the waterfront looks a million times more impressive, just by its colour alone.
I prefer the gray building too.
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