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A CGI of Landmark, due to complete later this year

Castle Building Services opens Manchester office

The North East-based M&E provider has opened an office at Dickinson House to support its growing workload in Manchester, where it is working on schemes including the 180,000 sq ft Landmark.

The group, headquartered in Hebburn and with an office in East Kilbride, has secured around £53m in new contract wins in the last 12 months and has opened an office in the city to respond to demand in the North West.

Castle’s office is in Dickinson House, where it will house around 10 staff. The Manchester-based team will focus primarily on new-build projects, and as well as Landmark, is also working on a hotel scheme in Barrow-in-Furness.

Landmark is being delivered by Bowmer + Kirkland and features 180,000 sq ft of offices; the scheme is on course to complete later this year.

As well as the Manchester office, Castle has opened two further sites in Leeds and Edinburgh. In its most recent full-year accounts, covering the 12 months to 31 December 2017, the company reported a turnover of £32.2m with a pre-tax profit of £1.5m.

Commercial director Andrew Dawson said: “We have had a busy time of late concentrating our efforts on winning work and setting up our new offices in direct response to continued demand from existing clients that we consider to be our key partners, as well as new clients looking to work with us.

“Our model has allowed us to scale up operations while ensuring that there is spare capacity to respond to an increase in the flow of work.

“This is a very exciting time for everyone at Castle as we approach the £40million turnover mark and continue to build trusted local supply chain partners and create employment opportunities at all levels within the company including trainee roles.”

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Is this where the beautiful old Odeon Cinema was? What a shame we lost a wonderful venue, especially as it was knocked down so recently in a time when we are supposed to cherish our history.

Don’t get me wrong. I love modern architecture and am happy about so many developments recently in Manchester, but do we have to destroy such beautiful history and important assets such as venues when we live in a city that has so many surface carparks, ugly buildings and empty plots surrounding it?

By EOD

EOD, having spent many happy hours of my childhood in the Odeon in Manchester I also mourn its loss however I also recognise it no longer met modern requirements which is why it lay empty for many years. Unless someone was to invest money to open it as a boutique cinema similar to the Savoy in Heaton Moor or retain the facade and build a modern building behind it similar to the Tatton in Gatley is was always destined for demolition. It is better for such a prominent location that a new building is constructed rather than an old cinema remaining but falling into rack and ruin.

By Lenny1968

EOD – I too think it’s a shame it’s facade has gone but the rest of the building was a total mess. As in not only not worth saving, but beyond saving. The vast majority of internal features were long removed, it was actually considered for listing and rejected based upon that not once but twice! Though there was some controversy surrounding that.

Not at all wishing to argue against your point, just wishing to give some additional insight.

By Daveboi

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