House Of Fraser

The Subplot | Department stores, HS2, Oldham’s big bet

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David Thame

Plans for Manchester’s House of Fraser raise hopes that the North West’s defunct department stores can find a new future. With the HS2 high speed line to Crewe now signed into law, Subplot asks if the town is all-aboard the workspace train. Meanwhile, Oldham Council pulls the threads together on the Spindles redevelopment.

Amazon Goes Shopping

The Subplot | Beds, sheds and shopping centres

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David Thame

Beds and sheds are every investor’s hot take on the 2021 property market, but is the lack of viable alternatives clouding judgment? Meanwhile, does anyone want to buy the North West’s distressed shopping centres, and can the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework return from the dead?

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COMMENT | MMC crucial to meet healthcare needs

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Construction and healthcare are in a period of rapid change and transformation. Embracing digitisation and modern methods of construction is key to delivering healthcare infrastructure that meets the needs of today and the future, writes Andy Macfarlane of Curtins.

Martin O'Rourke

COMMENT | Tech is core to the new office

Our Office of the Future whitepaper shines a light on the technology and culture needed for businesses that want to keep an advantage this year, writes Martin O’Rourke of Birchwood Park.

Big Ben

The Subplot | Freeports, flexible floorspace, financing hotels

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David Thame

Will a Liverpool freeport with tentacles extending into Greater Manchester become a regional game-changer? With WeWork pondering a return to the acquisitions trail in Manchester, how will the flexible office sector make money and who will make it? Meanwhile, Subplot takes a look at property industry donations to politics, and examines the tightening investment criteria for hotels.

City Tower

The Subplot | Money talks, digital deals, Liverpool resi

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David Thame

There is the scent in the air of a big Manchester tech relocation deal. Schroders, one of Greater Manchester’s most enthusiastic investors, explains how it sees the post-pandemic future. Meanwhile, we uncover the latest problems facing the 143,000 sq ft Factory arts venue and check on Liverpool’s hectic city centre residential market.

North Manchester General Hospital Plans In Oct 2020

Healthcare + Senior Living | Time for change  

Property professionals discussed what needs to change to make health centres and senior living developments fit for the future, amid the twin challenges of an ageing population and the ongoing health crisis. 

Eleanor James

COMMENT | Are sustainability loans right for you?

It’s a hot topic and seems to be tripping off everyone’s tongues: sustainability-linked loans and green loans, writes Eleanor James of Trowers & Hamlins. But what are they, are they applicable to you, and why get one?

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The Subplot | Hot sheds, Preston plan, Manchester offices

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David Thame

A government decision to call in a clutch of North West warehouse planning applications could cost the regional economy more than £1.4bn, Preston’s property future is up for grabs, meanwhile, Manchester’s office take-up figures may be better than you thought.

Rishi's Suitcase

The Subplot | Whitehall farce, tech troubles, Americans

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David Thame

Will a major civil service relocation lead to a big win for Manchester, or will Leeds be celebrating? Manchester’s £2.8bn digital sector is flourishing but turning home-grown success into floorspace might not be so easy. And why there will be more American money in North West property this year.