Place North West looks back at the stories most popular with readers over the past year, with headlines dominated by big development strategies, new companies entering the market and bumper planning agendas.
See below for overall top stories of 2015
Best read stories by month
The Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service was called to Carlton House after a fire from a restaurant kitchen spread through the building.
A draft development framework for the 400-acre science park in Cheshire was released by Cheshire East Council and Manchester Science Partnerships.
The infilling of 30 acres of land to support Peel Ports’ £300m major infrastructure project began, following the completion of an 854-metre quay wall.
Construction was close to finishing on a £12m inland lagoon in Dalgarrog, backed by crane hire tycoon Martin Ainscough.
Peel outlined plans for a £1bn development on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, with 3,000 apartments and 875,000 sq ft of offices.
The parent company of Stockport-based contractor and developer GB Building Solutions announced that it was appointing an administrator, leaving 230 employees out of work.
After the Manchester-based retail agency was bought by Lambert Smith Hampton, a group of five Tushingham Moore advisors set up on their own.
An unnamed occupier believed to be a Government department launched its search for office sites in Manchester and Liverpool city centres.
Transport for Greater Manchester released visuals showing the proposed new tram stop, part of the Second City Crossing works ongoing all year.
Muse Developments and Bruntwood went head to head to bring forward a scheme around Oxford Road station in Manchester city centre.
Managing director Mark Burgess and communications director Fran Burgess left the Spinningfields-based property management firm.
David Hughes, head of planning at Liverpool City Council, called for the release of open space for development, at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s housing conference.
Rowlinson and Peel submitted a planning application to Trafford Council for 164 apartments at the St George’s end of Pomona Island.
Manchester City Council revealed a strategic plan for the next three years of development in the city centre, including at NOMA, St Peter’s Square, and St John’s.
Chester agent Legat Owen bought Nantwich-based Lamont Commercial to create a firm of 37 staff.
Extreme sports fanatic Michelle Rothwell took to the waves at the launch of the North Wales attraction.
A 1.5-acre site on one of the key routes into Manchester was marketed for residential development by the city council.
Rafael Vinoly, Zaha Hadid and SimpsonHaugh made the shortlist of nine architecture practices vying to design the Factory arts centre at the former ITV Granada site in Manchester.
John Whittaker, chairman of The Peel Group, wrote to the Prime Minister asking for more to be done to support the private sector in the North.
Manchester City Council’s planning committee met to discuss several major projects, including a 35-storey tower, a hotel, homes and an 86,000 sq ft office.
Bumper planning agendas continued in Manchester, as the council was recommended to approve the development of 550 apartments and 350,000 sq ft of offices.
The first of the large quayside cranes to be employed at the Liverpool 2 container terminal sailed up the River Mersey.
Property Alliance Group submitted plans for a high-rise residential scheme at the corner of Store Street and Millbank Street near to Piccadilly station.
Office agents predicted that Manchester city centre would hit 1.4m sq ft by the end of 2015, thanks to several big lettings due to be signed before Christmas.
Top 20 best read stories of 2015
- Peel to submit £1bn Trafford Waters plan
- GB Group to call in administrators
- MCR buys on Cambridge Street
- Peel publishes Northern Powerhouse prospectus
- Manchester building boom continues
- Alliance proposes 31-storey Piccadilly tower
- Tushingham Moore team to form new practice
- Seven schemes on Manchester approval list
- Airport starts design contest for £1bn transformation
- Starchitects shortlisted for £110m Factory
- St Peter’s Square Metrolink images out
- Manchester Place brings latest site to market
- Allied London poised to buy fire station
- Developer plans 2016 start for River Street tower
- Manchester signs off six city schemes
- Mersey land reclamation ready to start at Liverpool 2
- Liverpool 2 mega-cranes arrive from China
- Senior departures at Capital Properties
- 500,000 sq ft office requirement hits market
- Forshaw tower at River Street approved