FEELING BLUE…Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year, but Bruntwood Works aimed to turn those frowns upside down by previewing its light installation at 111 Piccadilly ahead of the official launch in May. Fit-out contractor Workspace D&B won the contract for the site in August and worked with 3D Reid to deliver the project. The colour changing and shifting lights lit up a gospel choir while people were gifted plants, water bottles and chocolate. It wasn’t just Manchester that were given smile-inducing goodies, but lucky commuters in Liverpool too. Maybe it should be called Rainbow Monday instead?
WORTH A BOB…This week, the Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation named Lord Bob Kerslake as its first chairman. You’d think the civil service grandee would be a shoo-in for the job, however Stockport Council ensured it was fair with an advert for the role in the Sunday Times and an open recruitment process. This was a decision they potentially regretted, after the advert yielded a wild variety of applicants, many totally unsuitable and with no relevant experience. “You’d genuinely be better qualified,” a council bod told THING. Damning with faint praise.
ROVERS RETURN… Bonded Warehouse is set to use more than just the site of the old Granada Studios when it opens in May as co-working offices. The Rovers Return is about to make – yes, its return, as Bonded Warehouse will have its own in-house brewery for tenants to enjoy on the site of the former Corrie pub. Let’s hope there is significantly less drama, trysts, and even more hotpots available in no time.
BUILDING BRIDGES…Bridges to prosperity is a project that aims to build safe river crossings between communities worldwide, improving their access to education, healthcare and employment. Five staff from Price & Myers and a further five from Water Lilly Construction are heading out to Runyani in Rwanda in February to help build an 85-metre suspension bridge alongside workers from the local community. Will York of Price & Myers, said: “I’ve joined the team because I’m passionate about using my skills to do something positive in the world. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands dirty on site”. You can follow their progress here .
NOT TO BE MIST… Liverpool was transformed into a foggy wonderland yesterday. Images of fog drifting across the Mersey and stately Liver birds floating above blankets of cloud were shared on Twitter. This follows Manchester’s own brush with the elements earlier this week. The weather even caused one Place reporter to be delayed on his way back from a weekend away in Cologne but the misery of a sleepless night spent on the floor of an airport terminal was tempered somewhat by the eerie beauty of the images of some of the city’s tallest buildings shrouded in fog.
BOO… It’s not every day a property comes to the market with a history that includes Gandhi and Churchill but today is that day. The Swan and Royal in Clitheroe has been put up for sale by Terry Joy by Blacks Business Brokers for £99,950, and comes with the aforementioned historical attachments, along with the fact that it was the venue of the “five shilling meal” at which Rolls Royce big wigs agreed with Spencer Wilks from Rover to make a jet engine, making aviation history. Also, comes with an additional ghost for free; honestly, what more could you want from a hotel?