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COMMENT | Central intelligence

Over the past year it seems the only story able to break through wall-to-wall Brexit coverage has been the growing housing crisis, writes Jaimie Ferguson of Optimised Environments. Getting town centre developments right could be part of the answer.

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Lancashire Update | Summary, slides & photos

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Morecambe’s Eden Project North, Lancashire’s City Deal, housing delivery targets, and city-centre living in Preston were all under the spotlight in the latest in Place North West’s development series.

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COMMENT | GMSF: a dangerous bet?

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The UK’s exit from the EU and the GMSF planning process have a number of similarities, writes Paul Martin, managing director of Altrincham-based Patrick Properties. Will they deliver on their promises, and is the public being misled?

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North West in 2019 series

Throughout December, Place North West has been publishing a series of articles by guest contributors, exploring a range of issues facing the North West property market in 2019.


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Project3: Altrincham needs quality architecture

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Charlie Schouten

Founded by three former Stephenson Bell staff in 2012, Project3 has carved out a niche as one of Altrincham's most prominent architects. Place North West sat down with the practice’s founders to talk good design, the Grafton Centre, and what Altrincham needs to build on its success.

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SITE VISIT | Ask hands over No8 First Street

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Nearly 15 months after its original completion date, Ask is putting the finishing touches to No8 First Street. Place North West toured the site to see how the troubled build has finally resulted in Manchester’s newest large-scale office development.

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SITE VISIT | Conwy Council HQ with Muse

Charlie Schouten

Conwy Council, Muse, and Bowmer & Kirkland have completed a flagship headquarters in Colwyn Bay in what is said to be the largest development of its type in North Wales. Place North West took a tour of the building with development manager Muse and the council to find out why it will be a “game-changer” for Conwy.

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SITE VISIT | Exploring Ancoats’ residential boom

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Charlie Schouten

Manchester’s Ancoats is undergoing a residential-led boom with developer Manchester Life at the forefront. Eric Wright Group has secured a contract haul of nearly £120m to deliver some of these projects: Place North West took a tour of the area with managing director John Wilson to see the emerging and completed schemes first hand.