KING STREET…DTZ Investors has some interesting plans for Manchester’s King Street where it owns 22 units and, after some research, Place discovered a doff of the cap to the area in a poem entitled ‘The Manchester Alphabet’. The ditty was written by Roger Oldham, a member of the Manchester Society of Architects, in 1906 and extols the myriad virtues of various Manchester landmarks in alphabetical order. Of King Street it says:
There’s King Street
And there’s King Street South
And also King Street West
They each of them begin with K
I know which I like the best–
The one in which the cake shop is–
Let’s go inside and rest.
Maybe it is a sign to DTZI of which kind of tenants they should be attracting to the street…
BOB ON… Liverpool FC’s victory over West Ham on Wednesday took them a gigantic 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League but manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the title race was far from over. The hard work continues off the pitch as well with the proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand under consultation. The latest arrival at Anfield comes not in the form of a multi-million pound holding midfielder but a bronze statue which immortalises the image of legendary manager Bob Paisley carrying an injured Emlyn Hughes on his back. The addition is a tribute to two Liverpool greats and a subtle nod to the many defenders who have been made to look like statues by the Red’s dynamic front three this season.
TREE-MENDOUS… Diminutive Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones once sang that it only takes one tree to make a thousand matches but only one match to burn a thousand trees. Questionable maths aside it is a nice song with a noble sentiment which simultaneously points out the worth and fragility of our green environment. Jones would no doubt be delighted at the news that Greater Manchester city region has secured £1.5m from the The Urban Tree Challenge Fund to plant 2,500 trees, or 2.5m matches.
PLANE TALKING…City Airport in Salford celebrated its 90th anniversary on Wednesday with news that its owner, Peel L&P, has invested £1m to fund improvements at the historic airport. Formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, it was the country’s first licensed airfield when it opened on 29 January 1930 and boasts the oldest, continually running control tower in the UK, according to Cllr Roger Jones, executive support for transport at Salford City Council. The Heliport, which is home to the North West Air Ambulance Charity, sees 3,000 take-offs annually and last year the airport attracted 200,000 visitors making it surely one of the most popular nonagenarians in the UK.
PANEL DISCUSSION…Places Matter, the independent design review service for North West England, has welcomed 29 new panel members for the three-year period beginning January 2020. Since its inception, the panel has reviewed nearly 700 schemes, with a combined value of more than £5bn. Landscape architect Ann Coombs, who co-chairs the panel with architect Matt Brook, said: “We have been able to add a diverse range of skills to the panel to help us to continue to offer an expert and impartial service in the region. All of our panels will continue to have a mix of skills from the built environment and never focus on just one discipline.”
The new panellists are: Ernst ter Horst, Peter Mercer, Cany Ash, Daniel Wiltshire, Katie Hammond, Katy Hayhoe, Elaine Creswell, Katherine Schofield, Guy Denton, Catherine Queen, Sarah Rycroft, Jacinta Taylor, Louise Fountain, Laurie Mentiplay,Tom Roberts, Helen Flage, Vicky Payne, Niki Gallagher, Helen Gribbon, Brian Bailey, Shelagh McNerney, Pippa Grice, John Owens, Beatrice Fraenkel, Christopher Standish, Lauren Whitworth, Kate McClean, Kate Ellison and Stuart Cowperthwaite.
INN LOVE…A 17th Century, grade two-listed former coaching inn in the Lake District sounds like a decent enough place to spend the night. Agent Christie & Co has brought Gosforth Hall Inn, which has 19 en-suite bedrooms, to the market at an asking price of £1.8m. The hotel is located in unfathomably picturesque surroundings a short walk from Wastwater, the deepest lake in England, in the shadow of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain. Its owners and operators for the last 18 years, Rod and Barbara Davies, have decided it is time to hang up whatever it is hotel operators hang up. Barbara said: “The memories we will take will only be equalled by the friends we have made.” We’re not crying, you are!