Len Grant Mayfield U+I January 2020
Len Grant's captivating artwork captures Mayfield as it is before its £1bn regeneration. Here is U+I's current Mayfield office next to the Mayfield Depot


MAYFIELD MERRIMENT… Mayfield is one of Manchester’s hottest talking points at the moment, especially after further updates were revealed for the £1bn regeneration project yesterday. Artist Len Grant was commissioned by Mayfield Manchester to document the site’s evolution from derelict former railway station to a mixed-use scheme with 6.5-acre public park.

SIM Gallery January 2020 Thing

SCIENTIFIC SPACE… Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum is beloved by all who attend Place North West conferences, as well as children on school trips, which is why it’s great to hear that work has begun on a gallery space on the ground floor of the grade-two listed warehouse. The 7,800 sq ft area is set to open in October this year after it was previously used as a museum store, and will allow visitors to see the original warehouse space in its glory while attending new exhibits. The scheme is designed by Carmody Groarke.

Brewery Village

The brewery village site will have a prohibition addition under planning application submission

SHIP-SHAPE…When trawling through planning documents, it’s usually a mix of great big schemes and small conservatories. However, an occasional oddity slips through to keep us on our toes, and this week a planning application to install five shipping containers at a car park to create a speakeasy bar in Liverpool jumped out at us. The 21st Amendment bar, named after the amendment to the US constitution that halted prohibition, currently leases the car park and wants to create a modern speakeasy within steel containers. It’s part of the Cains Brewery Village in the Baltic Triangle Area – what a great excuse to visit!

Tempertank Mcr Thing January 17

Choose your weapon at Tempertank

SMASH AND GRAB… Property is all about building and development, so a Temper Tank that allows you to smash things is quite a departure from the norm. Manchester’s first smash room is said to “improve mental health and allow people to express themselves” by swinging around sledgehammers and wrenches. Do your best impression of the favourite Marvel superhero, all while listening to some destruction-appropriate tunes? ‘Thing smash‘, we say.

Cranes At Liverpool Dock Historic England

Huskisson Dock, Regent Road, Huskisson Dock, Liverpool, Liverpool Reference: OP02514. Photo courtesy of Historic England

GOOD OL’ DAYS… Historic England has released a collection of photographs documenting the UK’s construction history, including some truly fascinating insights into the built environment from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Pictures include happy workmen, the construction of colleges in Carlisle and factory workers to remind us of our industrial heritage – and show us how far we’ve come.

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