Exactly.The Cornerhouse have said on twitter that this isn't 100% yet as far as they know. I'm not usually one to go for the whole 'Manchester is become more soulless, they're knocking everyone down' argument but this one would be a shame if it went through. Given the various areas around Manchester which are ripe for redevelopment, plonking this thing here just seems disappointing. The former BBC site would be perfect for a development like this...
Yeah I know. I'm just lamenting the situation.But those who want to build this don't own that and are unlikely to buy that.
Well that's about double One St Peter's Square but wouldn't surprise me if it was spread over at least two buildings. You can see in this image, it's a fair sized site rather than just the cornerhouse itself.Sad but seemingly inevitable.
500,000 sq ft on such a smallish site says 'scraper to me.
"Following recent speculation in the media, we wish to clarify the position with regard to the building which is currently home to Cornerhouse. Contrary to the impression given in some reports, absolutely no decisions have been taken about the building's future once the new HOME, the organisation formed by the merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, moves from the building to their new venue at First Street in Spring 2015. It is the case that major improvements to Oxford Road station have opened up a regeneration opportunity for a 500,000sq ft site including the Cornerhouse building. It is also the case that Network Rail and Manchester City Council are looking for developers to bring this forward. But no specific proposals will be brought forward until developers submit them, so any suggestion that a decision has been taken to either retain the building as part of the development or demolish it is entirely wrong."
Yes, it's probably a case of that. They were probably worried about Twitter campaigns etc. being started before any decisions had been made.Wow... seems very unusual for the council to deign to respond to a rumour... I wonder why they've bothered? Maybe they're proactively trying to avoid dealing with complaints and objections?
Campaign already underway. A petition has already collected 500 signatures. Smoke without fire?Wow... seems very unusual for the council to deign to respond to a rumour... I wonder why they've bothered? Maybe they're proactively trying to avoid dealing with complaints and objections?
My spin on this is that given HOME's success isn't yet or ever certain due to it's location and unknowability, so it would suit MCC to deflect any bad publicity.Wow... seems very unusual for the council to deign to respond to a rumour... I wonder why they've bothered? Maybe they're proactively trying to avoid dealing with complaints and objections?
General Election due in 2015 and the number of these disparate campaigns about heritage vandalism & aloof Labour Councillors growing- with Library Walk review pending as well?