Place Party 2018 (336)

Place Party 2018 | Gallery + video

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More than 700 guests blew off steam in style with Place North West at The Principal Hotel in Manchester, during a fun evening of laid-back networking at the fourth annual Place Party.

Windy City Manchester

COMMENT | Manchester, the next Windy City?

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Schemes such as Trinity Islands, Deansgate Square and Meadow Islands will give Manchester a new skyline, writes Joseph Berthoud of Hilson Moran. But could this cause complications like London has experienced, where skyscrapers create strong winds blamed for toppling pedestrians?

Birchen House Exterior

COMMENT | First come, first served in developer insolvency

Northern cities have enjoyed such a sustained period of growth that it is hard to imagine the boom coming to an end. However, despite the prevailing optimism, there have been casualties among developers and investors, writes Alastair Lomax of TLT and Steve Williams of FRP Advisory.

Tomas Maunier Fazenda

COMMENT | Leisure beyond the city centre

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As the city centre expands outwards with no apparent slowdown in the number of bars and restaurant openings, it is natural for ambitious leisure companies to be looking outside central Manchester to open new venues, writes Tomas Maunier, director at Fazenda Group.

Future of Retail

Future of Retail | Summary, slides + gallery

With the retail sector undergoing the greatest shift seen in decades, Place North West was joined at the Future of Retail event by expert speakers to explore the current state of the market, occupier trends, and the technology set to define the future of shopping.

Place Barbecue 2018

Place Barbecue | In pictures

Around 150 guests joined Place North West, Hourigan Connolly and Social Communications on Friday, for a relaxed afternoon of summer networking at Fazenda in Manchester.

Chester Northgate Aerial

SPECIAL REPORT | How to reinvent Chester Northgate

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Charlie Schouten

Criticism of Chester’s £300m Northgate project has recently come to a head, with local businesses rallying behind a letter to its developer, Cheshire West & Chester Council, to call for an immediate halt on the scheme. But is there an alternative, and can the city reinvent itself as a modern leisure destination?

Northern Gateway Sketch July 2018 2

SPECIAL REPORT | FEC outlines ambitions for £1bn Northern Gateway

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Charlie Schouten

Green spaces will be created from the outset at FEC's £1bn Northern Gateway to "change perceptions", the project's director Tom Fenton has said, with other areas being explored for the 15,000-home project including a New York High Line-style link to Victoria Station, a new transport hub, and a "Brewery Quarter".