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Old July 27th, 2015, 02:07 PM   #1101
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I really hope the above comes about, it would be good to see such a beautiful old building given a new lease of life.
It's under construction right now
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Old July 27th, 2015, 10:45 PM   #1102
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Behind the scenes at XYZ Spinningfields



XYZ concrete frame

Progress on the concrete frame for the XYZ building at Spinningfields carries on apace. Here are some photos from a recent site visit, brace yourselves for lots of concrete! XYZ is on a tight urban site, on the last empty plot at Spinningfields. This is Allied London’s first concrete-framed building at Spinningfields, where all the other developments have been steel framed.


Generous floor plates. 4m floor to ceiling height at ground and 3.5m ceiling heights on typical office floors.

The use of concrete allows uninterrupted flat soffits, accentuating the height of the space. Where possible we have tried to use a modest palette of self finished materials – exposed concrete, anodised aluminium and timber.


The circular columns are cast in steel-faced shuttering to achieve a smooth matte finish with no horizontal joints.

Tie hole and board marking setting out required an exceptional level of coordination between the concrete subcontractor, lift supplier and ourselves. Soffit board joints were developed in conjunction with the concrete subcontractor making efficient use of standard plywood sheets (1220 x 2440mm) but ensuring that the joints worked with the structural columns in the building.

Experimentation in concrete

The design uses a variety of different construction methods to create interest within the restrained palette – with insitu slabs, post tensioned slabs, jump formed concrete cores, slip formed concrete cores, precast stairs and feature board marking to the central core.


Contrasting finishes and textures creates an interesting, rich aesthetic to the central core.

We are particularly proud of how the stairs are looking. Here you can see the contrast between smooth precast stairs and the precise detailing of the recesses against the rough textured slip formed core walls in cores 2 + 3.


Geometrically interesting stairs with curved winding soffits in cores 2 & 3.

Recesses and contrasting nosings are cast into the precast flights and connected to the walls with invisible connectors. Large windows against the cores bring an abundance of natural daylight into the building and also animate the building edge.

Next stages

Core 1, our feature stair with a large winding stair case that flips to opposite sides of the core between floors creating large double height spaces between flights is due to be installed in August. We’re also looking forward to seeing a full scale mock up of the pre-cast concrete external panels early next month, and the window systems start arriving on site in the next few weeks.
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Old July 27th, 2015, 10:56 PM   #1103
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Great updates. As much as its controversial, that Library looks fantastic.
no, it doesnt. it clogs up a once graceful and seamless public space with a pointless expensive carbuncle completely at odds with its surroundings. the ceiling of interest, but thats it.
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Old July 28th, 2015, 01:56 PM   #1104
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No. 1 Spinningfields | 20 floors | 92m | 300,000 sqft - Offices...

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Old July 28th, 2015, 06:42 PM   #1105
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"Manchester sets out City centre strategy to 2018"...

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A strategic plan for the next three years of development in Manchester city centre is to be discussed at the city council’s executive meeting on Wednesday, before being put out to public consultation.

The vision for the city centre until 2018 looks to build on the successes of the previous 2009/12 strategy, with a goal for the city centre to be “a place to invest, to work, to live, to shop, to enjoy, that brings people together and a place that is easy to travel to for leisure or employment, and to get around once there”.

According to the draft strategy, “the vision is of Manchester as a world class city as competitive as the best international cities across the globe.”

The strategy looks to root Manchester’s position as the main economic hub in the region, and help rebalance the economic dominance of London and the South East through major investment, to support growth of the city and the city region.

The document celebrates achievements since 2009, including the completion of the first phase of the NOMA development, the delivery of HOME, and the refurbishment of the Town Hall complex and enhancement of Central Library and St Peter’s Square.

The strategic plan goes on to outline the position and priorities for each of the city centre neighbourhoods, and the key infrastructure investments which are critical to the success of the city centre.

The neighbourhoods are:

NOMA
St Johns (former ITV site)
Spinningfields
First Street
The Corridor Manchester
Aytoun Campus
Central Business District
Piccadilly
Mayfield
Medieval Quarter
Great Jackson Street
Salford Central and Greengate
Water Street
Irwell River Park
Retail Core
Castlefield
Northern Quarter
Chinatown
The Village

Key infrastructure investments will focus on:

Transport
Digital development
Waterways

According to the council, the population of the city centre has trebled in the last decade to almost 25,000 people, and more than 140,000 people work in the city centre, with further increases expected over the next five years.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The city centre is the beating heart of Manchester’s economy, and so it requires a considered strategy that provides the framework to support our objectives. To do this we must be ambitious and position ourselves as a global city to attract major national and international investment – securing long-term growth and employment.

“Of course, the other side of this strategy is ensuring that the thousands of people who live in the city centre are provided for with attractive neighbourhoods and good quality, sustainable housing and open public spaces – with the infrastructure in place to make travel into and across the city centre as easy as possible.”
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meeting...2475/executive

http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news....h3eZ0uMl.dpuf
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Old July 28th, 2015, 07:19 PM   #1106
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Manchester Grande
Mixed use | Midtown

Developer: Allied London | Floors: 8 | Office Space: 4,200sqft

Current status: Planning app submitted

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post125905138




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Granada House Atherton Street Manchester M3 3GS

Part redevelopment and part refurbishment of the site to include,erection of 8 storey office building (Use Class B1) with rooftop pool and amenity space; conversion of Studios 6 and 12 to event spaces (Sui Generis); conversion of the existing Granada House building into a hotel (Use Class C1) with associated private members club (Sui Generis); Class A3 (Restaurant and Café uses) and Class A4 (Drinking Establishment Uses); Cinema (studio 2) (Use Class D2); erection of new single storey rooftop bar/restaurant associated with the private members club; replacement of Studio 8 with a pedestrian linkage between Atherton Street and the wider St Johns masterplan area and creation of covered pedestrian link between Grape Street and Quay Street (both linkages to accommodate temporary and pop-up uses (Sui Generis));creation of temporary car parking to rear of Granada House; works associated with access and servicing of wider development; and associated public realm and landscaping works; following demolition of existing buildings and structures including the Annexe Building fronting Atherton Street, Studio 8, the M1 Corridor, the Administration Block and security lodge fronting Quay Street, mechanical workshop areas and stores to the rear of Studio 8, former staff welfare suite to the rear of Studios 2 and 6, portacabins adjacent to the recycling compound and the perimeter wall to the Breeze Studio Gardens.

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Bonded Warehouse Grape Street Manchester M3 3JE

Demolition of outbuildings, the adjoining former stables building and external fire escape (as shown on drawing ref. 901 PLS-03) to facilitate the conversion and refurbishment of the lower ground, upper ground and first floors of the Bonded Warehouse for the following uses: retail (Class A1), market (Class A1), restaurant (Class A3), bar (Class A4) offices (Class B1); and refurbishment of the second, third and fourth floors for continued office use (Class B1); along with the installation of roof plant with enclosure, minor external alterations to the building to facilitate new entrances, creation of three external lightwells to facilitate use of the lower ground floor, façade lighting, landscaping, cycle parking and associated works.

http://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-a...=NQ5GODBC01D00

Planning app has been submitted for the redevelopment of Granada House and the construction of a new 8 storey office block adjacent. They'll be a new glass box restaurant on the top of the Granada building with views out over the city, and the office block will have a pool and spa on the roof.

They'll be new event spaces too, and the Bonded Warehouse (click 4 pic) will also be refurbished into offices on the upper floors, as well as new retail and a market on the ground floor(s).



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Old July 29th, 2015, 06:22 PM   #1107
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"The future of Manchester revealed: A vertical village, new stations, hundreds of new flats and even more skyscrapers"

"As leaders unveil their city centre vision for the next five years, we show you how it could look"...
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Town hall bosses are on Wednesday agreeing their new masterplan for the city centre - a catalogue of ambitious developments for the next five years.

They include billions of pounds worth of new neighbourhoods, mostly scattered around the northern and southern fringes of the existing city centre, as well as new skyscrapers and upgrades to a string of attractions, transport links and public spaces.

We have created this interactive map so you can see what's in store - plus a rundown of some of the key plans below
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....illage-9604147
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Old July 30th, 2015, 12:07 AM   #1108
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Wythenshawe Interchange
Transit station | South Manchester

Transport nodes: Bus & Metrolink | Cost: £6m | Developer: Transport for Gtr Manchester

Current status: Complete

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...6944&page=2098




Small project. Wythenshawe's new Bus/Metro interchange opened today.

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Old July 30th, 2015, 11:27 AM   #1109
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Corn Exchange...

Manchester`s new Dining and Leisure destination moves on at pace...

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It is a hive of activity all around the Corn Exchange now, with re-landscaping of the streets surrounding the Corn Exchange nearly complete.











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As a matter of interest the new Exchange Metrolink stop is situated directly opposite the Corn Exchange.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 01:45 PM   #1110
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Good to see the Corn Exchange with a clear purpose and vision - out of interest are there any first time launches? i.e. any restaurants that don't already have an outlet elsewhere?
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Old July 30th, 2015, 04:13 PM   #1111
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Singapore Cash To Pay For Northern Powerhouse
Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/1526967/si...ern-powerhouse

Invest In Manchester, David Cameron tells Singaporean investors
Thursday, June 30, 2015


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The Prime Minister's concept of a northern powerhouse took off today with most of the Singaporean leadership saying they'd pour funds into northern England.

Singapore's Government runs sovereign wealth funds worth $500bn (£320bn), amongst the biggest in the world.

Some of that money alongside private Singaporean investment is now heading to the M62.

Mr Cameron personally insisted on running the first ever northern powerhouse trade mission alongside his four-country trip to South East Asia.

He said investment in the North would be the “Government’s legacy”.

Mr Cameron said the football teams in northern cities helped raise awareness about the region.

In meetings with investors, the Prime Minister repeatedly invited them to look beyond London to Manchester, Leeds and Sunderland.

He said: "I want you to think again about investing in the UK."

The Prime Minister suggested that Singapore could provide a model for the Manchester-Leeds region.

Natalie Yong, a Singaporean investor particularly attracted by airports and high speed rail, told Sky News: "Singaporeans have already invested in London. Manchester and Leeds are the growth areas. Everybody is moving up there."

Investors met a delegation from the UK including tech businesses, the new interim super-mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, and the new leader of Leeds City Council.

Both cities listed a series of projects seeking hundreds of millions in foreign investment.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said "I've already heard from people on this delegation that deals are being done because we have that Northern powerhouse."

Sky News asked him why investments in infrastructure and housing were being left to foreign investors and not funded by the Government.

He said: "This is complementary investment, we have investment from home from UK Government or business and we welcome investment from around the world."

It is the face of how the transformation of Britain's biggest cities will be funded: money not spent by a cash strapped British public sector, but by the cash-rich private sector of the east.

The Prime minister referred to how a Yorkshireman, Sir Stamford Raffles, built Singapore two centuries ago.

The Government now wants Singapore and other Eastern investors to build its northern powerhouse. The empire strikes back.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #1112
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St John's Village
Apts + Retail | Midtown

No. of apartments: 57 | Architect: Ian Simpson | Developer: Allied London
Floors: 5-10

Current status: Planning application submitted

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1842056



Phase 1 of St John's Quarter has been submitted today, following the submission of an application involving the redevelopment of the Granada Building earlier this week.

This phase includes several apartment blocks. Each apartment will have an outdoor garden terrace, hence the strange shapes of each block. At street level they'll be small retail units aimed at start-up businesses and the streets themselves will be narrow to promote a vibrant neighbourhood feel.

Allied London are trying to attract families to live in the city centre with this development.

This is the whole St John's masterplan, you can see the "Village" phase 1 in the centre, while later phases include towers on the riverside.






The Village blocks:





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Beautiful. With all the investment flowing into Manchester, it's great to see some truly high-quality design and attention to detail on a larger scale.
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UoM: Fallowfield Student Village
Student accommodation | South Manchester

Number of beds: 5000 | Architect: BDP | Developer: University of Manchester

Current status: Pre Planning

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post125968505



Details released today of UoM's new Fallowfield Student Village. They're basically redeveloping the Owen's Park Campus, meaning that the legendary Tower accommodation (infamous for student parties and drugs) will be going.









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Good to see the Corn Exchange with a clear purpose and vision - out of interest are there any first time launches? i.e. any restaurants that don't already have an outlet elsewhere?

Not sure yet Adam, as I am not sure whether the final "line up" has yet been announced, but it will certainly be a great destination.
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Metrolink Extension: Second City Crossing
Metro Line | Midtown

Miles: 1 | Number of stations: 3 | Developer: TfGM

Current Status: Under Construction

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...6944&page=2041

A new line for the City Zone running between St Peter's Square and Victoria on the below map:





Map of the (very short) new line:




Update by Paul62 yesterday:





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Old July 31st, 2015, 03:03 PM   #1117
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City looks like booming with constructions.
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It is..Manchester is really taking off...
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Alpha Place
Apart-hotel | Knott Mill, Midtown

Floors: 7 | Rooms: 53 | Operator: Blue Rainbow

Current Status: Approved

Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post121897309


(On the left) - block has been approved. today by Manchester Council.

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Do we know if the Owens Park tower is going to be demolished implosion style, or dismantled slowly. Because my flat is like 100 yards from it, on this side of the toast rack.
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