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cheers highriser, very much enjoying all these new pics, I'll have to come out and get some more with you in a couple of weeks when I'm not crazy busy with my thesis.

I don't think that's the chips site though, just an advert, I think the site is on the other side of new islington, next to the left hand mill on picture one.
 

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Does anyone else think this new area might look very scruffy and 1970's Hulme-esque in a few years?
Everywhere has its fair share of litter louts and scallys but....Ancoats council estate is next door! This place can't look pretty for too long.
A arty idea, shit loads of litter and a grey sky can make somewhere look really horrible, ie. Piccadilly Gardens?
Sorry for being pessimistic, but I dont think anyone's mentioned it.
 

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Ey frozen, let me know when ya free, i was thinkin that about the Chips site, theres adverts all over that area for it, but just presumed this was the site,,just behind that advert on the other side of the canal is a site where groundwork as started,it could be there,,,,oh well we'll find out soon enough :)
 

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Mez , i honestly think this area is going to be fantastic, its just one big building site at the moment,if you dont try to improve somewhere, it wont be improved will it,,
 

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The http://www.auvc.co.uk/index.htm site is excellent with so much intersting information on it. I think it could have been put together slightly better though as there are too many pop-up windows to navigate and its a wee bit slow. Still here are some bits and pieces Ive plundered from it.








Overview of urban village and introduction












The Vision



 

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Some of the largest current projects underway or proposed within Ancoats Urban Village:







Royal Mills (Under Construction)
A titanic development comprising refurbishment and new build to provide over 300 apartments, retail and substantial new commercial space.













Great Ancoats St Development (Approved - due on site later this year subject to resolution of legal and CPO issues)








Express Networks Phase 3 (Approved)
A mixed use office / retail building fronting Oldham Road to the rear of the famous Express Building on Great Ancoats Street, below.








Public Realm (Ongoing)
An ambitious programme of works to transform the streets, paths and spaces of Ancoats has begun.

The works are part of the Ancoats Public Realm Strategy the main objectives of which are:

- universal pedestrian priority
- 20mph speed designation
- traffic design achieved through highway layout rather than traditional humps/chicanes
- 2-way traffic almost throughout
- extensive and controlled on-street parking
- reduction of visual clutter, traffic signage and lining.

The first phase of work is centred around the recently completely MM2 development and includes open space by the Rochdale Canal. High quality and robust materials are being used including york stone flags and granite setts. Future phases will include all the remaining streets and spaces in the village.






Bengal Street Development (Approved, due to start late '05)
Planning permission has been granted for a mixed use scheme on Bengal Street, next to the former George Leigh Street school.

The eight storey building will be finished in white render and has a cut away in the centre allowing through views to the adjacent former school as well as producing interesting light/shade changes throughout the day. When completed the scheme, designed by architects MBLC, will offer 48 apartments, 1100 sq m of commercial space as well as 27 car spaces. It is hoped work will begin on the development in late 2005.








Murray's Mills (Proposed)
Developer for Murrays' Mills chosen
A joint partnership between Inpartnership and The Burrell Company have been chosen to redevlop the historic mill complex.

The mill buildings are currently undergoing an comprehensive repair by Ancoats Buildings Preservation Trust. Although the exact nature of the end use is not fully determined yet the plans envisage a mixture of uses potentially including residential properties, commercial space, a hotel and a textile resource centre.

 

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While i was around here today, i was looking for where that warehouse fire was last week,, if it was where i think it was (demolished and cleared site),,it is a huge site next to where all this is going on, greatpotential to extend things,,,Craigo do you know whats going to happen with this site ?
 

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highriser said:
While i was around here today, i was looking for where that warehouse fire was last week,, if it was where i think it was (demolished and cleared site),,it is a huge site next to where all this is going on, greatpotential to extend things,,,Craigo do you know whats going to happen with this site ?
Yes there is a developer looking at it at the moment - the design's not quite there yet but should be ready to submit for planning in October. This site is next to MBLC's fine white new build and the former school on the next block down is to be refurbished for commercial space and so part of Bengal St will be transformed over the next 2/3 years.
 

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It might be me being cynical,,,but over that last few years,esp since the Commonwealth Games,there as been quite a few mysterious fires, that have caused shitty old building to be demolished around the city centre,and surprise surprise, a developer is interested in the site,,,im not compaining it it finally get something done,instead of derelict buildings being left to rot for years on end....
 

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highriser said:
It might be me being cynical,,,but over that last few years,esp since the Commonwealth Games,there as been quite a few mysterious fires, that have caused shitty old building to be demolished around the city centre,and surprise surprise, a developer is interested in the site,,,im not compaining it it finally get something done,instead of derelict buildings being left to rot for years on end....
They used to have a name in Manchester for 'mysterious' fires. Especially involving old textile mills and night-clubs in the city centre. It was jokingly referred to as Jewish Lightning but I'm not sure it's 'correct' to say that anymore. Oops :)
 
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