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Spinningfields Open Day

Spinningfields Open Day. A talk by the architects involved in the Spinningfields development project as well as tours of the buildings. Spinningfields, 8th floor, Manchester House, 18-20 Bridge Street, City centre (0207 291 7970) 9am-4:30pm on Thursday 23rd june 2005. You have to phone to book a place, it is free and open to the public.

I phoned the lady called Sarah Harwood who told me there are two sessions 9:30am and 1pm. Then she just sent me this e-mail of how the 1pm session is layed out ( as that is the session i am going to):

13:00-Graham Skinner of Allied London to show model and explain the whole Spinningfields project.
13:45-Tour of Spinningfields site
14:45-Architect's presentation of the specific buildings within Spinningfields
(by Sheppard Robson, Fosters and Denton Corker Marshall)

So who is coming?
 

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Here's a shitload of gumf on Architecture week. I can't make it back for any of this which pisses me right off. I especially fancy the views from Le Mont, that would be pretty cool. The urban workshop thing sounds decent too. Anyway, go to these. Numbers on the door always help. Oh, get to platform 12 for the wall of piccydoos too.

Launch of Architecture Week North West: 17 – 26 June

Manchester is leading Architecture Week North West, the annual celebration of contemporary architecture with a packed programme of fascinating, quirky and unique events. Architecture Week is a joint Arts Council England and Royal Institute of British Architects initiative in association with the Architecture Centre Network and is celebrated throughout the UK.

This year, Architecture Week North West offers its strongest-ever programme with a broad range of events taking place across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside. With over 65 exhibitions, tours, talks and workshops, the North West has the highest number of events taking place outside London and the South East, re-enforcing its reputation as an innovative region for regeneration and excellence in architecture.

Architecture Week takes place from 17 – 26 June 2005. The initiative is aimed at the general public and celebrates architecture in a fun and informative way across England. It explores contemporary architecture and the built environment via the arts and culture and features celebrated architects, artists and designers.

Architecture Week includes an exciting nationwide programme of over 500 events, debates, visits to new buildings and architects’ practices, exhibitions, family & children’s activities and the chance for an architect to visit your home. The North West focus for 2005 is Regeneration, looking at how our towns and cities are changing and how the public is responding to those changes.

Greater Manchester will host over 30 events – including some of the most high profile initiatives in the North West. Highlights include ‘Open Up’ – an exclusive glimpse inside buildings that aren’t normally open to the public, including those short-listed for a 2005 RIBA Award, such as Lymm Water Tower, Cheshire and new Castlefield restaurant, Albert’s Shed.

Manchester’s longest exhibition will launch on the longest day of the year - 21 June - on Platform 12 of Piccadilly Railway Station. Photographer Len Grant and Architecture Expert Phil Griffin have created The City Wall - a continuous display of 176 photographs, butted edge to edge, each depicting one arch of the railway viaduct running throughout Manchester City Centre.

Urbis, Manchester’s Museum of the Modern City, is hosting a variety of events and intriguing early bird architectural tours. Artist Michael Trainor will lead a tour of Manchester’s finer architectural details – providing magical Architectural Spectacles. ‘Archi-Specs’ have built in mirrors and a cunning buzzer system only allowing you to see above ground floor level! 16th century astrologer & alchemist, Dr John Dee was profoundly interested in Manchester’s Architecture. The public can create a tour of Manchester’s hidden pathways by following cryptic instructions with ‘Dr Dee in the City’, led by BBC broadcaster and writer Bob Dickinson.

Artist Suki Chan is running an Origami workshop, inviting families to decorate fabric Origami birds with sequins and beads. All customised birds will contribute to an impressive installation to be suspended from the atrium space of Manchester’s Osteopathic Centre for Children.

In a secret Manchester city location Artist Graham Clayton Chance will transform a vacant plot of land into a giant screening venue for an exclusive Architecture Week event: ‘Municipal Constructions’. Visit www.municipalconstructions.co.uk for more details.

Speakers from across the UK will be lecturing on all aspects of eco building; from urban to rural, straw bale to timber frame. Meet the people behind community self builds and the architects making sustainable Grand Design dreams a reality in ‘Green Architecture Day’ at Bridge-5-Mill, Ancoats.

Much-loved views from Manchester’s famous figures have been gathered as part of the Architecture Week celebrations. Michael Trainor - Artist and Design Historian, Paul Heathcote - Chef and Entrepreneur, Wayne Hemingway - Designer, Scott Burnham -Creative Director of Urbis, Len Grant – Photographer and Mr.Scruff - DJ have all shared their Manchester favourite views so the public can enjoy them too.

Michael Eakin, Regional Executive Director for Arts Council England, North West said, “Arts Council England, North West supports Architecture Week because of the strong links between architecture and the arts. The North West is home to a large number of exceptional regeneration projects. Many of these schemes involve artists working closely with architects, bringing renewal plans to life and involving the community in what is planned for their area. Architecture Week North West aims to make Architecture relevant and accessible to the public and demonstrate its importance to everyone’s lives.”

Tom Bloxham, Chair and Co-founder of Urban Splash and national Patron of Architecture Week said, “Public art and architecture is a great passion of mine and I’m honoured to become a Patron of Architecture Week. As Chair of Arts Council England, North West I know this region is a hotbed of artistic talent and regeneration excellence. We have a wealth of iconic modern buildings in the North West and I’m looking forward to celebrating how our cities are changing during Architecture Week.” www.architectureweek.org.uk
For further press information, images or interviews please contact:
Rowan Atkins, Arts Council England T: 07834 158 725 E: [email protected]

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Architecture Week
Established in 1997, Architecture Week now achieves an annual audience reach of over 35 Million. The Week is a joint Arts Council England and Royal Institute of British Architects initiative in association with the Architecture Centre Network. Delivery partners for the Week are the Arts Council’s regional offices, RIBA regions and members of the Architecture Centre Network. Visit the website for event listings.
www.architectureweek.org.uk

Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts. Every year, it invests over £500 million public funds in the arts in England including funding from the National Lottery. The Council believes that the arts have the power to transform lives and communities, and to create opportunities for people throughout the country.
www.artscouncil.org.uk

The Royal Institute of British Architects
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), one of the most influential architectural institutions in the world, has been promoting architecture and architects since being awarded its Royal Charter in 1837. Then the RIBA's remit was 'the general advancement of architecture'. Today's mission statement continues to embody these sentiments. The RIBA is a member organisation, with 30,000 members, headed by president George Ferguson, and with an executive of 170 staff at the HQ in central London and in a dozen regional offices.





Key Events in the North West

GREATER MANCHESTER


Applications & Uses of 3d Visualisation
The Centre for Construction Innovation in Manchester is the home of the Visualisation Network. The two events being held during Architecture Week are showcase demonstrations of 3d Visualisation technology. WORKSHOP
Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 June, 17.00 – 18.30
Centre For Construction and Innovation, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW
T: 0161 295 5076 W: www.ccinw.com

Architecture Week Events, The University of Bolton
Promoting the week will entail workshops in schools run by Artists in Schools, events and exhibitions, tours of a planned ‘key architecture’ route and paper –based promotional material and on-line information.
EVENT, WORKSHOP, EXHIBITION, TOUR
Friday 17 – Sunday 26 June
The University of Bolton, Deane Campus, Bolton, BL3 5AB
T: 01204 334061 W: www.bolton.gov.uk

The City Wall
The City Wall consists of 176 photographs butted edge to edge, each picture being one arch of the railway viaduct that runs through the city centre. The 45 metre exhibit takes the viewer on a journey through the regenerated city, passing familiar viewpoints and unveiling hidden aspects of the city. EXHIBITION
Friday 17 – Sunday 26 June
Piccadilly Railway Station, Platform 12, Station Approach, Manchester M60 7RA
Contact: Phil Griffin T: 07970 685895 E: [email protected]

The Ghost Camp
A recreation of the strange events surrounding Salford Lads' Club annual camping holiday in wartime 1940: an installation in the Edwardian Concert Hall by artist Leslie Holmes. Includes educational workshops for schools. Our famous 'Smiths Room' will also be open for visitors. EXHIBITION, WORKSHOP
Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 June, 11.00 – 16.00
Salford Lad’s and Girls’ Club, St Ignatius Walk, Off Regent Rd, Salford M5 3RX
T: 0161 872 4437 W: www.salfordladsclub.org.uk

Green Architecture Event
Your chance to hear speakers from across the UK on all aspects of eco building; from urban to rural, straw bale to timber frame. Meet the people behind community self builds and the architects making sustainable Grand Design dreams a reality. Site visits and demonstrations, lunch and workshops.
Friday 17 June, 09.00 – 16.30
MERCI, Bridge-5-Mill, 22 Ancoats, Manchester M4 7HR
T: 0161 273 5367 www.pow-wowecoarts.co.uk

Living Spaces at IWM North with BDP
Living Spaces at IWM North in partnership with BDP. Take part in a workshop to see how we plan our living spaces, with advice and inspiration from visiting architects from BDP. WORKSHOP
Sunday 26 June, 13.30 – 15.30
Imperial War Museum North, The Quays, Trafford Park, Manchester, M33 7TB
T: 0161 836 4062 W: www.iwm.org.uk


MANCHESTER MUSEUM PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

• Look Up!
Take a look at the amazing architecture of The Manchester Museum and University buildings in this guided tour. Meet at the Museum's reception. TOUR
Wednesday 22 June, 13.00 – 14.00
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
T: 0161 275 8767 W: www.manchester.ac.uk/musuem

• Past & Present
Be inspired by the Museum of the past and present, to create your own piece of architectural artwork.
Saturday 18 June, 13.30 – 15.30
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
T: 0161 275 8767 W: www.manchester.ac.uk/musuem

• Waterhouse - A Celebration
A talk for Architecture Week marking the centenary of the death of renowned English architect, Alfred Waterhouse, who designed many of Manchester's great civic buildings. TALK-DEBATE
Thursday 23 June, 18.30 – 20.00
Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
T: 0161 275 8767 W: www.manchester.ac.uk/musuem


Municipal Constructions
A secret event at an undisclosed location will transform a vacant plot of land on the edge of the city into a giant screening venue for a new animation and audio work. From June onwards log onto website www.municipalconstructions.co.uk to be contacted with the screening location.
Saturday 18 June, 21.30 – 23.00 and Wednesday 22 June, 18.00 – 19.00
Contact: Graham Clayton-Chance T: 07939 513854 www.municipalconstructions.co.uk

Open Up
A unique opportunity to view a selection of the 2005 RIBA Award Short listed buildings in the North West. Guided tours by the architect and/or client give a first hand insight into the way the building was designed and functions.
Monday 20 – Friday 24 June
Various venues. Contact: Belinda Irlam-Mowbray T: 0151 703 0107 [email protected]

Origami Public Art Project
An Origami workshop with artist-in-residence Suki Chan. Come and decorate a fabric Origami bird with sequins and beads. All customised birds will contribute to an impressive installation to be suspended from the beautiful atrium space of the centre, as part of a new exciting public art project.
Saturday 18 June, 10.30 - 12.30
Osteopathic Centre for Children, Phoenix Mill, Piercy St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HY
T: 0161 2779911 W: www.occ.uk.com

Spinningfields Open Day
Allied London host a Spinningfields Open Day. Allied London is delighted to host a series of talks during Architecture Week from our architects involved in the Spinningfields development project as well as tours of the buildings developed to date at this exciting scheme. OPEN-UP
Friday 17, Monday 20 – Friday 24 June, 09.00 – 16.30
Spinningfields, Manchester House, 8th Flr, 18-20 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BU
T: 020 7291 7970 W: www.alliedlondon.com

Urban Splash, Manchester
Urban Splash is arranging a series of events, tours and exhibitions at its award winning schemes at Castlefield over the weekend of 24-26 June 2005. EVENT
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June, 11.00 – 18.00
Urban Splash, Castlefield, Worsley St, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4LD
T: 0161 839 2999 W: www.urbansplash.co.uk


URBIS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS:

• The Architectural Spectacles Tour Featuring Magical ‘Archi-Specs’
Artist Michael Trainor will lead a tour of some of Manchester’s finer architectural details – providing magical Architectural Spectacles. ‘Archi-Specs’ have built in mirrors and a cunning buzzer system only allowing you to see above ground floor level! TOUR
Thursday 23 June, 08.00 – 09.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• Buildings With Views At Le Mont
Le Mont restaurant at Urbis, Manchester, will be open to everyone for four days over Architecture Week.
OPEN-UP
Saturday 18 June, 11.00 – 15.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• Contemporary Architecture Talk Over The Roof Tops
Join Architecture critic and writer Phil Griffin on the top floor of Urbis for an informal talk whilst looking out over spectacular views of the city centre. TALK-DEBATE
Wednesday 22 June, 08.00 – 09.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• Dr Dee In The City
400 years after John Dee departed Manchester it's difficult to imagine what he'd make of today's city. Find out more with BBC Writer and Broadcaster Bob Dickinson and create your own tour by following cryptic instructions. TOUR
Tuesday 21 June, 18.00 – 20.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• Family Building Trail
Take a unique look around our landmark building seeing if you can locate the weird and wonderful angles shown in the activity pack. Find out some amazing facts about how Urbis was built and test your knowledge on materials. WORKSHOP
Friday 17 June, 10.00 – 18.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• Leth is More
Nicolas Tye Architects and ‘The Birds of Britain’ (Annalie Riches and Cathy Hawley), will speak about each of their winning submissions to the recent Manchester Letherium ML:IDEAS competition. TALK-DEBATE
Wednesday 22 June, 18.00 – 19.30
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• PsychoDeeOgraphy
Early risers can accompany Bob Dickinson and an official cathedral guide on a walk in and around Manchester Cathedral. TOUR
Tuesday 21 June, 08.00 – 09.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk

• Sky Scrapers Cityscape
Help Urbis’ artist to create a dream cityscape using a range of fun materials. Take a look around our own fabulous building first to get inspired! WORKSHOP
Sunday 19 & Sunday 26 June, 12.00 – 15.00
Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG
T: 0161 605 8224 W: www.urbis.org.uk


VICTORIA BATHS EVENTS

• Renovate
Manchester Metropolitan University Interior Designer graduates look at the regeneration of Manchester’s architecture. EXHIBITION
Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 June
Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, off Upper Brook St, Longsight, Manchester M13
T: 0161 224 2020 www.victoriabaths.org.uk

• Victoria Baths present "small things"
Victoria Baths continue to offer opportunities to artists who wish to examine this sensational building in innovative ways; Dancer Catherine Hawkins and "small things" dance collective are expected to develop a new site sensitive dance work, to be previewed on the evening of May 23rd at Victoria Baths during the REINV8 show.
Thursday 23 June, 19.00 and Sunday 26 June, 14.00
Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, off Upper Brook St, Longsight, Manchester M13
T: 0161 224 2020 www.victoriabaths.org.uk


Vista
‘Vista’ is the third in the highly-acclaimed series of exhibitions specially created for Architecture Week by artists aged fifty to ninety-four (as seen on tv). Experience the results of their collaboration with leading architects and artists in a witty, exuberant display with a distinct painterly perspective. The ImiTate© Gallery, you can take it or leave it... but you can’t ignore it!
Friday 17 – Sunday 26 June, 13.00 – 18.00 (excl. Monday 20 June)
ImiTate© Gallery, ImiTate© Gallery, 623 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M12 4QA
T: 0161 860 6524 E: [email protected]

Who Lives in a House Like This?
Celebrate Architecture Week 2005 with a special Family Sunday full of fun activities. Bring in your favourite toy and join a creative art workshop to design their ideal home. Or why not create a stylish house for a footballer; perfect pop idol or even your pet! Drop-in between 11am & 3pm. WORKSHOP
Sunday 26 June, 11.00 – 15.00
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
T: 0870 111 2000 W: www.thelowry.com

You Are What You Keep
Visual artist and architect David Ross will be discussing the 'architecture of storage', looking at galleries and museums - and even cities - as sites engaged in the impossible task of keeping an exponentially expanding collection of things, people, ideas, memories within contained spaces. TALK-DEBATE
Saturday 18 June, 13.00 – 14.00
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
T: 0161 235 8893 W: www.manchestergalleries.org


For details of events in Cheshire, Cumbria, Merseyside and Lancashire please visit www.architectureweek.org.uk or contact: Rowan Atkins, Arts Council England
T: 07834 158 725 E: [email protected]

 

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Some interesting stuff going on there, i will probaly go to a couple of them,

This Spinningfields opening day,could this be the day they unveil 1HS if Foster's are doing a presentation? finger's crossed
 

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See, it's this type of attitude that'll lead to the closer of Urbis and others. We've seen it with CUBE. Granted, many here knew **** all about it but when we found out it was to be closed, who went? 2 maybe 3 people and went with lack of research and got pissy that all they saw were chairs.

Here's a radical idea - get off your lazy arses and try justifying Manchester having these cultural ameneties. You'll complain like **** when they're gone.
 

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ive got a good feeling about this Spinningfields open day, i think they are going to unveil all there plans for 1,2 HS ..

Have you noticed that the planning applications page on the council website as NOT been updated again,are the holding something back until after Architecture Week , or am i being cynical
 

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highriser said:
ive got a good feeling about this Spinningfields open day, i think they are going to unveil all there plans for 1,2 HS ..

Have you noticed that the planning applications page on the council website as NOT been updated again,are the holding something back until after Architecture Week , or am i being cynical
Its the Council what do you expect. Their never in a rush.
 

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I have a good one for the architects.

Ask. Do you have any renders of random mint buildings for Manchester or other parts of the country or even the world that didnt get the go ahead or they didnt plan to build.

....and then the same question but for the ones in Manchester that might be built.

I dont have anything to ask Allied London. Am sure the rest can have a say on that.
 

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The planning app page has been 2 weeks behind since March-ish, conveniently when a significant planning app was going in (possibly Crown Buildings). In the World of silly conspiracy theories, I like to believe it's due to something Hardman Square like being submitted.

Jerby Jerb Jerb, could you ask, nay, insist on AL updating the fucking Spinningfields website? It's been untouched for nigh on 2 years.
 

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jrb said:
Just a thought!

If I/we get a chance to speak to the architects or representatives from Allied London has anyone got any questions they would like me/us to ask?

Apart from the obvious about HS , height's , floors,and what's the final masterplan layout is.

Could you ask if Allied are planning on extending the Spinningfield's district,because it was rumoured about them aquiring the Granada complex ?
 
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