Louise Wyman At Her Desk June 2020

PROFILE | Wyman leads radical next phase of Manchester growth

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Sarah Townsend

Louise Wyman, strategic director of growth and development at Manchester City Council, is embarking on the biggest placemaking rethink the city has seen in years, to include a heavier focus on design, public realm and “spaces between buildings”, and a shake-up of appointed consultants to improve competition.

King Street Townhouse

The Hut Group advances King Street Townhouse refurb

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Dan Whelan

The e-commerce firm wants to extend the four-star hotel in Manchester by converting a 9,800 sq ft former champagne bar and restaurant on Booth Street into a gym and spa, after lodging plans to refurbish the Great John Street Hotel in May.

MMU Sports Building Exterior Oxford Road

MMU sports building kicks off

Sarah Townsend

Work has started this week on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Sport facility, designed by architecture firm BDP.

CITYLABS 2.0 PC 2

Citylabs 2.0 nears completion

Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine has reached practical completion on the £25m and 92,000 sq ft Manchester development, to be occupied in full by life sciences firm Qiagen.

Logik Baring Street

Logik submits first of two Mayfield projects

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Dan Whelan

Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has lodged an application to build a 12-storey block containing 215,000 sq ft of offices and a 170,000 sq ft hotel on Baring Street in Manchester.

Heyrod Street Packaged Living

Latest Piccadilly East scheme moves forward

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Dan Whelan

A joint venture between build-to-rent developer Packaged Living and investment manager Fiera Real Estate has lodged plans for 350 apartments on Heyrod Street in the Piccadilly East area of Manchester after buying the plot for £6m this year. 

BOWLERS YARD 1

Bowler’s Yard to start in 2021

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Sarah Townsend

A joint venture led by developer and investor Scarborough International Properties has won planning permission for the final phase of development at Manchester’s New Islington and expects to start construction early next year.