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Old July 7th, 2014, 12:35 AM   #81
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Manchester Developments Update, July 6th 2014 PART TWO

This part will focus on proposals which aren't quite under construction yet.


1 WATER STREET, 30 FLOORS

301 new apartments will be built here:












AXIS TOWER, 26 FLOORS

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X1 EXCHANGE, SALFORD QUAYS | 11 FLOORS

Small proposal but I like the cladding:







EMBANKMENT OFFICES | 2x11 floors

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CAMBRIDGE STREET APARTMENTS | 29, 21, 15 FLOORS













CORN EXCHANGE REDEVELOPMENT

The Corn Exchange is being redeveloped and turned into a new casual dining destination for the city centre shopping district:











YOTEL HOTEL PICCADILLY | 20 FLOORS










ONE SPINNINGFIELDS | OFFICE | 20 FLOORS









TWO ST PETER'S SQUARE | 12 FLOORS










THREE ANGEL SQUARE | OFFICES | 12 FLOORS








Plenty more but I haven't the strength! I'll update this thread more and more in future, Manchester's beginning to heat up again!

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Manchester Development Update July 6 2014

Now that Manchester appears to be crawling back out of the recession money appears to be flowing back into the city. There's currently high demand for Grade A office space and apartments across the city centre, giving rise to the following developments.

I'll start with those which are currently under construction.

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Number 1 St Peter's Square, Offices, 14 floors














Sillivan Way, Apartments, 6,9,10 & 17 floors

Quite a small project on the outskirts of the city centre:










MOTEL ONE HOTEL | 14 floors








ONE GREENGATE, APARTMENTS, 31 & 21 FLOORS













BIRLEY FIELDS HULME | NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION & TOWN HOUSES

This is, again, quite a small local project but it'll have a positive impact on an inner city area of Manchester, adding more people/life to the area.










FIRST ST

A new hotel, student accommodation and boutique cinema/theatre are being built here:



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ST PETER'S SQUARE REFURBISHMENT

Quite significant as it's one of Manchester's main public spaces:
















ETIHAD STADIUM / MANCHESTER CITY FC EXPANSION










SALFORD UNIVERSITY REDEVELOPMENT

New student accommodation and expansion of teaching facilities

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MANCHESTER VICTORIA STATION REDEVELOPMENT

Central Manchester's second railway station, Victoria, is currently undergoing a multimillion pound redevelopment:








It's a fantastic railway station architecturally, and the redevelopment will help bring out its best features:












METROLINK TO MANCHESTER AIRPORT

Manchester's Metro network has been rapidly expanding over the last few years, it's been keeping the city busy during the recession! Now, the network has tripled in size from 2008 and serves more of the city and suburbs. This latest extension is about to open, to the Airport, and will complement the existing rail link.







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Old July 7th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #83
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Wow... AMAZING updates. Looks like Manchester is going to be getting a few new Grade-A office spaces. It all looks so good.

The Metrolink is incredibly impressive. Fantastic news lads. I'm definitely going to be watching this thread.
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Old July 7th, 2014, 07:13 PM   #85
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Those pictures don't do Number 1 St Peters any justice. It's the smoothest thing I've ever seen. The columns are like melted butter.
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Old July 8th, 2014, 12:08 AM   #86
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National Graphene Institute

Graphene - a super thin, super conductive, super-strong and super-flexible materiel, was discovered/invented (?) in Manchester in 2004, and now it looks as though it's about to revolutionise the digital world with flexible/foldable computers and mobile phones, as thin as paper. The super conductivity of graphene also means that less energy is required to power these devices. But also graphene can be used in solar panels, and has nearly 10x the energy-generating capacity of a modern solar panel. Green AND revolutionary.

So this is the National Graphene Institute, making sure that more and more uses for graphene can be patented and developed here in Manchester in future.







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Chester Road Luxury Apartments

Proposed today for an inner city area south-west of central Manchester:

12 stories, 166 duplex/triplex apartments, 10th floor communal garden, new civic square out front, urban beehives, etc.

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Old July 9th, 2014, 05:03 PM   #88
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Metrolink Extension

Manchester's light rail tram network is being extended by the construction of a second line through the city centre.

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View from junction of Mosley Street and Princess Street towards the Town Hall and relocated Cenotaph

Transport leaders in Greater Manchester have been consulted on the next major phase of Metrolink’s transformational Second City Crossing programme.

Work to deliver the new tram line through Manchester city centre, which will increase capacity and resilience in the system, will require changes to Metrolink services through St Peter’s Square starting next summer.

This major construction scheme will transform the area’s stop by relocating the existing stop to allow for greater public space in the main area of the square.

This will require two new island platforms to be created and two sets of existing track to be replaced with four sets of new track through the new stop.

Improvements will also be made to public and pedestrian areas to complement Manchester City Council’s flagship redevelopment of the square.

From next summer, the stop will close for around 14 months.

In a similar operation to the current Victoria stop closure, single line running will be introduced for 10 months to allow vital engineering works to be carried out as quickly as possible – while minimising disruption for passengers by maintaining a service through the city.

There will be two eight-week periods, either side of the single line running, where all tram services through St Peter’s Square will be temporarily suspended.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has briefed members of the TfGM Committee and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) around a year ahead of any changes coming into effect.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “This is a massive project that requires significant changes and will, unavoidably, come with a level of disruption.

“Given the location and the work involved there is no easy way of delivering this scheme. Both the scale and complexities involved – set against the importance of maintaining services through the city – mean this is the best possible option.

“The alternatives would have required a much longer complete closure to passenger services, and the plan enables passengers to keep moving around the city for as long as possible to employment, shopping and events.

“Having the summertime closures – when the holiday period is in full swing and services are quieter – either side of the single line running means we can instead get everything done as quickly as possible whilst maintaining a service through the city.

“The reward is the completion of the Second City Crossing: greater capacity through the city centre which, in turn, gives us a much more flexible and dynamic network that will allow us to run additional and more frequent services to meet ever-growing demand.

“For example, the completion of 2CC will enable us to extend operation of the recently announced airport service into the city centre.”

The redevelopment of the Deansgate-Castlefield stop will be complete before the changes at St Peter’s Square come into effect and will provide a turning point for trams south of the city centre, during the closure and the single line working.

The new line, due 2017, will begin in Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, turn down Princess Street and head along Cross Street and Corporation Street before re-joining the existing Metrolink line at the expanded Metrolink Victoria stop.

In addition to the transformation of the Deansgate-Castlefield, St Peter’s Square and Manchester Victoria stops, a new stop also will be built in Exchange Square.

For more information on the Second City Crossing programme, visit www.transformationinformation.co.uk


Video flythrough of what the "Second City Crossing" will look like:

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Northern Hub, Ordsall Curve

Sticking with rail infrastructure, plans are currently underway to improve rail across the north of England by de-congesting the hub of the network, at Manchester. To do this Network Rail are building less than a kilometre of track across a small corner of the city centre which will link East-West trains in the North through Manchester with North-South trains in the north through Manchester, thus creating an integrated network and increasing capacity, allowing more trains in and out of Manchester.

It will also connect Manchester's three main stations: Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly.






The Ordsall Chord:





Starting construction this year, due to complete by Dec 2016.
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Manchester truly is a great city, but it really needs to sort out its inner city and the area surrounding central Manchester.
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Manchester truly is a great city, but it really needs to sort out its inner city and the area surrounding central Manchester.
Completely agree, and actually this is happening, albeit piece by piece:

Here's a little introduction to some of the inner city developments in Manchester at the moment.

HULME

Hulme has been rebuilt no less than twice in the last thirty years, both times reduced to rubble. Needless to say it's now infinitely better than it ever used to be.

Pre 1960-s Hulme consisted of these back-to-backs, tightly and densely packed up against each other:





Hulme was cleared in the 1960s, as this haunting picture shows:






In the 1960s, this was completely cleared to make way for the infamous Hulme Crescents: a vulgar take on Bath's Crescents which of course went horribly wrong. The slums were cleared, taking with them the sense of community, and people were instead separated and pent up in these frowsy lodgings:

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The deck access meant disabled/elderly people were essentially trapped in their homes on the regular event of the elevators breaking down, and because the crescents weren't classed as "streets" the police lawfully didn't have to patrol them, leading to crime and violence.

In the 1990s, this was all thankfully cleared once again and a new Hulme rose out of the rubble, adopting the sense of community which should never have been lost in the 1960s. New Hulme isn't as dense as pre-1960s Hulme, or as unforgivingly tall as 1960s Hulme - instead it strikes the right balance of 3 and 4 storey town houses and apartments aimed at young professionals and families:

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Now other areas surrounding central Manchester are planning to take the baton, and it appears that this has started in Broughton.

Various development companies, such as Countryside, have bought up entire blocks and chunks of Broughton in inner city Manchester and thrown up family homes in their place, once again retaining that all important medium-density:














MOSS SIDE

Moss Side was probably Manchester's most infamous neighbourhood in the 1990s when it was known as "Gunchester" by the national media. Nowadays, it's rebuilding itself. The small terraced houses provide excellent accommodation for younger people who commute the 3 miles into the city centre, and on a large area of formerly derelict land in the centre of Moss Side, a large new housing project is taking place:




Again, affordable family homes which increase the density of the area.

This is Moss Side's typical housing stock, terraced row houses:







There are other areas of the city currently starting inner city regeneration schemes, such as Pendleton, Beswick and Old Trafford. In East Manchester, the owners of Manchester City FC have just pledged over 1 billion pounds to building thousands of new homes in the area, kick-starting the regeneration of that area too.

So yeah inner city Manchester is a bit downtrodden at the minute, but wait a few years and we'll start to see big improvements

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MANCHESTER VICTORIA STATION REDEVELOPMENT

This is GShutty's photo, NOT MINE.

5 roof beams have already been put in, you can see there are two in waiting in front of the office tower on the left there. There's a large crane on site erecting a MEGA crane, in view, which will install the other two roof beams this weekend. These beams will reach right across the station concourse as well as platforms 1&2, hence the need for such a big crane! There are going to be 14 beams in total.






How the station will look when finished;





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28-storey tower planned for ex-Harry Ramsden's site



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MANCHESTER developer Daren Whitaker has submitted plans for another residential tower in the city.

He already has a pipeline of around 1,000 apartments which are at various stages, some are approved while others going through the planning process.

The latest is a 28-storey tower with 301 apartments on the former Harry Ramsden's plot in Regent Road. An earlier scheme had planning permission for 245 apartments.

He has made the application through a company called LQ Developments. Meanwhile, a vehicle called WB Developments (Salford), whose founding director is Mr Whitaker, has lodged an application for 491 apartments across four blocks, one of them 21-storeys tall, on a vacant three-acre plot nearby next to the Campanile hotel.

In April another of Mr Whitaker's companies, CS Developments (Manchester), submitted plans for a 282 apartments across two towers of 22 and 29 storeys on the banks of the River Medlock close to Whitworth Street West.

Mr Whitaker, who runs Renaker Build, already has permission for 497 apartments in 31 and 19-storey towers next to the River Irwell at Greengate through another company called Pinnacle Developments (NW).
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TCS submits plans for Piccadilly Basin resi scheme



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PROPERTY investment and development company, Town Centre Securities has submitted plans for an 11 storey, 91-unit apartment scheme in Manchester city centre.

The proposed landmark building on Tarif Street, designed by Manchester based Ian Simpson Architects, will be entirely residential and will incorporate a mix of one, two and three bedroom apartments.
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Amazing Developments. I'd really like to see a few more towers come around the Beetham tower! It would develop a really nice clustered skyline.

Great updates guys.
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Thanks Bligh - I completely agree regarding more skyscrapers. I don't think it'll be long before we start getting more tall proposals for Manchester. We already have a few 30-stories proposed/under construction but a lot of the 50+floors went down with the recession. With the city recovering, I think if we give it a few years we may have a few skyscrapers going up

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Thanks Bligh - I completely agree regarding more skyscrapers. I don't think it'll be long before we start getting more tall proposals for Manchester. We already have a few 30-stories proposed/under construction but a lot of the 50+floors went down with the recession. With the city recovering, I think if we give it a few years we may have a few skyscrapers going up

I think that would be great! I'm looking forward to seeing that! The UK needs a 2nd Skyline!
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Great update VDB!! Keep up the good work
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New 20 storey hotel proposed for the city this morning, more of a revival really:

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SINGAPORE-based investment group M&L Hospitality has agreed a 125-year lease with the University of Manchester to build a 19-storey hotel as part of its £1bn campus masterplan.

Built next to Manchester Business School, the 326-bed hotel will comprise of 16 storeys of rooms above three levels of hotel facilities, including a restaurant, bar, conference facilities and gym. It will be the only hotel on the main University of Manchester campus.
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