Contract out for £400m Merseyrail fleet

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Members of the Merseytravel committee have approved plans to replace the ageing Merseyrail fleet, and have launched the search for a company to bring forward the design, construction, delivery and ongoing maintenance of 50 new trains.

Ashton Market Square

Ashton market revamp begins

Tameside Council, supported by architect and planner IBI Group, is on site with the £4.5m remodelling of the historic Ashton market square as part of its £76m regeneration of the town centre.

St Modwen Skelmersdale

Council funds Skelmersdale town centre works

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West Lancashire Council has agreed to invest £2.2m into public realm improvements and infrastructure around St Modwen’s 100,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme in Skelmersdale, despite an ongoing legal challenge from the developer of a rival project.

Altair boulevard

Contractor named on Altair

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Nikal Developments has appointed Eric Wright Construction to build the £70m Altair project, more than a decade after it was named preferred developer by Trafford Council on the 4.5-acre mixed-use scheme in Altrincham.

Whyndyke Farm

Approval for £200m Whyndyke Farm redevelopment

Architectural and planning consultancy Cassidy + Ashton has secured planning permission for a 225-acre urban extension on the outskirts of Blackpool, on behalf of a consortium including Blackpool FC owners the Oyston family.

Altrincham Stamford Quarter

Voting opens for Altrincham BID

Businesses in Altrincham are being sent voting papers this week enabling them to take part in a secret ballot to decide whether to establish a business improvement district in the town centre.

Beaumont Morgan Ordsall

Salford set to sign off 270 homes

Salford City Council is expected to approve the construction of 270 homes in Ordsall Riverside by Beaumont Morgan Developments, across two sites on Ordsall Lane and Woden Street.

Greater Manchester looks at green belt performance

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Jessica Swettenham

Manchester City Council has launched the search for a planning consultancy to conduct a Greater Manchester green belt assessment, as part of an ongoing investigation into potential development sites across the city region.

Promenade Estates Rat Parrot Queen Square

Five Guys comes to Liverpool

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Promenade Estates has announced burger restaurant Five Guys as its first tenant in the reconfigured former Rat & Parrot pub in Liverpool’s Queen Square.