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Old May 25th, 2015, 09:15 PM   #921
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Old May 26th, 2015, 02:12 PM   #922
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The Roof Gardens
Apartments | Midtown

Floors: 4 | Developer: DeTrafford | No. of homes: 73

Current Status: Site clearance

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=468484




Looks like groundworks/construction have begun on this site:

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It seems that De Trafford's The Roof Gardens site has been fenced and the work seems to have started. I will try to get some pics when I'm back from work as I live just nearby. Is there a special thread for that development?

http://www.detrafford.com/the-roof-gardens/








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Old May 26th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #923
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X1 MediaCity
Apartments | Michigan Avenue, Salford

Floors: 4x26 | Number of Apartments: 1,036 | Developer: X1

Current Status: Site prep

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Now that site clearance has begun on Tower 1, which is nearly sold out, apartments in Tower 2 have started to go on sale. Think that's another 275 apartments on the market:

http://www.knightknox.com/property/l...000000s3Z6DMAU

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X1 Media City, the biggest residential development in Salford, has just got bigger!


With the first phase close to sold-out status, Knight Knox International are pleased to announce the launch of X1 Media City Tower 2. The second phase of this exciting and iconic residential development comes from the popularity of the first phase, situated in the heart of the highly popular MediaCityUK.

Built by experienced UK developer X1 Developments, this record-breaking project will guarantee excellent returns, luxurious finish and high quality throuhout.
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Old May 26th, 2015, 09:58 PM   #924
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1 Water St
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Floors: 28 | No. of Apartments: 307 | Developer: Renaker

Current Status: Under Construction

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Construction has begun! Photo by Childzy:

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Old May 26th, 2015, 10:24 PM   #925
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The brickwork at the side of the river looks horrible where they are building that tower.
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Old May 27th, 2015, 12:39 AM   #926
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Floors: 15-31 | Developer: Renaker

Current Status: Under Construction

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Update by pjm0512, First St project in the foreground.






EDIT: A few more:

This one from Childzy:






This rather moody one from Matthew Darymple:

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Old May 27th, 2015, 01:49 PM   #927
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Old May 27th, 2015, 06:47 PM   #928
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As part of the Queen's Speech today, it is confirmed that Manchester will soon be receiving a mayor (an interim one at first, then an elected one from 2017 onwards).

The mayor will get devolved powers over Greater Manchester county, devolved powers over the police, bus companies, health services, transport, housing, education...

... Essentially we won't be ruled from Westminster anymore on most matters, but from Albert Square. A great day for Manchester
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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:29 PM   #929
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Hopefully if it works out for Manchester, other cities will be more open minded to having an elected mayor.
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Hopefully an future mayor of Manchester will be better than our present Mayor Boris Johnson. However gets elected in 2016 will for sure have thier work cut out.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 02:52 AM   #931
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As part of the Queen's Speech today, it is confirmed that Manchester will soon be receiving a mayor (an interim one at first, then an elected one from 2017 onwards).

The mayor will get devolved powers over Greater Manchester county, devolved powers over the police, bus companies, health services, transport, housing, education...

... Essentially we won't be ruled from Westminster anymore on most matters, but from Albert Square. A great day for Manchester
Health, housing and education are the big ticket wins. If we got full control over taxation too, particularly business rates, we'd be half way to an independent country.

I think the window of opportunity is open for Manchester. Other cities will follow suit, obviously, but being first in line can bring real advantages to the region.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 01:02 PM   #932
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Old May 28th, 2015, 07:55 PM   #933
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Exchange Square Metrolink
Tram Station | Midtown

Platforms: 2 | Line: 2CC | Opens: Winter 2016/2017

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post124351903



Renders have been released for the new Exchange Square Metrolink station, which will be open from Winter. Trams will terminate here at first until the section through to St Peter's Square and beyond opens in a few year's time.






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New artist’s impressions now online reveal what the brand new city centre Metrolink stop at Exchange Square will look like when it opens this winter 2015/16.

Foundations for the new stop are being laid on Corporation Street outside the Manchester Arndale, as part of Metrolink’s transformational Second City Crossing.

Construction work on the stop will start this summer after Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council agreed a final design that makes the most of limited space in Exchange Square while keeping plenty of room for pedestrians.

Architects Simpson Haugh and Partners’ innovative ‘island-style’ platform design will feature a brightly coloured steel and glass shelter with four ‘floating’ overlapping glazed roof panels. The pavilion style will make sure that the stop is visible in long views across Corporation Street.

On stop ‘furniture’ such as information displays and seating will be integrated into polished concrete columns to give the stop a clean, uncluttered design.

Work started last year to lay new Second City Crossing tracks on the section of the new line between Manchester Victoria and Exchange Square, which is being fast-tracked thanks to a major European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant.

Trams could be running between Victoria and the brand new stop in Exchange Square as soon as winter 2015/16 – allowing Metrolink to run more trams between Shaw and Crompton and the city, ahead of the whole Second City Crossing being completed in 2017.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We’re seeing real progress with the Second City Crossing with track works well advanced along Corporation Street and work due to start this summer on brand new stops for St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square.

“The ultramodern designs for the new Exchange Square stop are impressive and it will be a great addition to a lively area of the city, making it even easier to visit the great range of shops, cultural and leisure destinations in the area.

“The Second City Crossing also promises to improve travel both across the city and further afield, with more trams connecting more people with jobs.”

Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment, said: “The new stop will not only look fantastic, it's been designed with the tram user in mind, providing the best possible experience for the tens of thousands of visitors who will use it to get to the heart of the city centre’s shopping area.

“The stop will also form part of the Second City Crossing, making it easier for people to travel across Manchester and access a huge range of jobs.”

The Second City Crossing will run begin on Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, down Princess Street, along Cross Street and Corporation Street and into Manchester Victoria station.

As part of the Second City Crossing project work to transform the Deansgate-Castlefield stop is nearing completion, and work starts next month at the St Peter’s Square stop which is being relocated and expanded from two platforms to four.

The Second City Crossing is part of a co-ordinated three-year programme of works, known collectively as Grow, which will enable Manchester city centre to flourish for years to come.

Between now and 2017, the city centre will see more than £1bn of investment in projects to lay the foundations for continuing success by ‘future proofing’ the city’s transport infrastructure. Also under the Grow umbrella are a series of major regeneration projects. Together they add up to a wave of investment unprecedented since the mid-1990s.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 12:55 AM   #934
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Offices | Spinningfields, Midtown

Floors: 9 | Office Space: 160,000sqft

Current Status: Under Construction

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Old May 29th, 2015, 04:32 AM   #935
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the cotton building is so good, jealous
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Old May 29th, 2015, 11:46 AM   #936
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"Rents surge amid a scramble for space"...

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City centre office occupiers facing rising property costs say experts

Rents in Manchester’s best older office blocks have surged by more than one-third as businesses scramble for space in the city centre.

City centre office occupiers are facing rising property costs, say experts.

Rents on decent second-hand floorspace have surged by more than 35 per cent, rising from around £17 a sq ft to more than £24 a sq ft in the space of 18 months.

The latest deals see science giant Hitachi Consulting sign up for 6,000 sq ft at Bruntwood’s Manchester One, Portland Street.

Bruntwood will further develop the site over the coming months. The buildings vacant 21st floor penthouse suite will undergo a full transformation into offices.

Gazprom, the global energy company has taken 17,377 sq ft of office space at 1 City Road.

The company has taken a three year lease on the first floor of the building as a short term solution until its new building, which they have a partial pre-let on at the adjacent development First Street scheme, is complete.

DTZ and joint agent Matthews & Goodman acted on behalf of the landlord at One City Road, Wesleyan Assurance Society.

The four storey building, which has recently been refurbished, is well situated on one of Manchester’s main arterial routes, City Road East.

Demand is also spreading out of the city centre. Acting on behalf of Vanguard Holdings, Manchester office agency, Canning O’Neill has announced two lettings at Lowry Mill in Swinton, Greater Manchester.

Children’s leisurewear and accessories’ importer, Leisurewear International, has signed up to 5,000 sq ft on a five year lease.

Established in Manchester for over 20 years, the company has relocated from Salbec House in Salford to accommodate its further growth.

Conrad O’Neill, director of Canning O’Neill, said: “There are a number of decent-sized requirements for 10,000 sq ft or more who will not look at new build offices because they do not have the budget to pay for them, but are looking at secondhand and refurbished space, and this is helping to push up rents.”

“We’ve already seen rents leap from £17 a sq ft less than two years ago to £23-24 a sq ft today, which is a direct response.

"We’re also seeing incentives harden – down from about 18 months rent free for a five year lease, settling at around 12 months rent free.

"Which shows there are still deals to be done if occupiers shop around.”

“We’ve probably got another two years before the market reaches equilibrium, rents settle and rent-free periods harden to about six months for a five-year lease.

"About this time we’ll see the offices vacated at Barbirolli Square by DLA, Ernst & Young, Addleshaws and the other professionals – and I suspect, once that’s refurbished, we’ll see it back on the market at rents in the mid-20s or above.”

Rising rents are already temping developers to launch refurbishment schemes.
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3 St Peter's Square
Offices | Midtown

Floors: 12 | Office Space: 160,000sqft | Developer: AXA

Current Status: Application Approved

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Application for 3 St Peter's Square has been approved. We're not sure whether or not this will go ahead speculatively, but despite it being such an amazing design it'll unfortunately be hidden behind 2 St Peter's Square and 1 St Peter's Square.

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that what makes a great city though. amazing buildings hidden behind great buildings!
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that what makes a great city though. amazing buildings hidden behind great buildings!
Isn't that stone building in front been knocked down?
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It has indeed - to build this:

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