AS2015: Apprenticeship levy set at 0.5%

Three million apprenticeships will be funded by 2020 through the levy on all businesses with more than £3m payroll costs, prompting mixed responses from industry.

Alderley Park is among science centres receiving government support

AS2015: Science remains firmly on agenda

George Osborne reaffirmed his commitment to science as a central plank of his economic policy with funding and detail added to previously announced science projects.

AS2015: Osborne targets 400,000 homes to buy

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outlined a five point plan to deliver £20bn of investment into housing as part of today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, alongside a raft of changes to speed up the planning system.

Museum of Science & Industry will receive £2.5m

AS2015: Spending boost for Manchester museums

Grants of £300,000 to restore First World War hangars in Ellesmere Port, £9m a year to cover running costs at the new £110m Factory theatre in Manchester and a new South Asia gallery in conjunction with the British Museum, also in Manchester, were among the culture media and sports announcements in this year’s Autumn Statement.

AS2015: New Enterprise Zones named

A handful of new Enterprise Zones were announced by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement to lever investment into the region, at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle, a new Cheshire Science Corridor linking several assets, Hillhouse Chemicals & Energy at Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire, and Greater Manchester Life Science.

Factory OMA exterior

Architect named on £110m Factory

Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture has won the international competition to design The Factory in Manchester, a new arts centre for the city at the former ITV Granada site.

Atlantic Pavilion Albert Dock

Next stage for Albert Dock

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Albert Dock Liverpool is in talks with a developer to bring forward a scheme at Salthouse Dock, delivering revamped public realm and increasing footfall, according to Sue Grindrod, the newly-appointed chief executive of the grade one-listed waterfront landmark.

Proposed new office phase No.5 Princes Dock Liverpool

Enterprise Zones | Mersey Waters

Mersey Waters is the most ambitious and large-scale of the North West’s Enterprise Zones. Have the advantages conferred by the special status helped this mammoth project, asks Neil Tague.

Central Retail Park drawing

Manchester considers plans for city centre sites

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Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Manchester City Council’s executive will gather for its final meeting of 2015 next week, to endorse development frameworks for Central Retail Park and Jackson’s Row, and discuss the acquisition of 17-acres of land from the Homes & Communities Agency at Grimshaw Lane in Middleton.