No1 Spinningfields Construction
Two free climbers made it to the top of No.1 Spinningfields


KAMIKAZE… While certainly not to be encouraged, it’s hard not to be left open-mouthed at the recent antics of two urban free climbers who decided to scale, and dangle off, Allied London’s 19-storey No.1 Spinningfields. The office is still under construction, and main contractor Bam is “looking into” the incident, but we imagine these slippery characters could be quite hard to catch.


The Queen Chester Hotel

LOT… Got £36m to spare, and fancy getting your hands on a Chester gem? The grade two-listed Hallmark Hotel, also known as The Queen, is now on the market. The historic venue will be familiar to many who like to sneak a quick pint in before hopping on a train at the station opposite, and perhaps some have gone as far as to book into one of the 218 bedrooms. After apparently receiving unsolicited bids before the hotel was even put up for sale, agent Christie & Co is hoping it won’t be available for long.

Sam Rot Hound

USEFUL POOCH… There are guide dogs, rescue dogs, and it turns out there are also restoration dogs. Golden Labrador Sam is specially trained to detect damage in buildings invisible to the human eye, such as dry rot. Reaching the end of a prolific career, Sam’s last sniffer job has been to assist structural engineer Thomasons and architect Buttress on their work on the 16th-century Wythenshawe Hall, extensively damaged by fire a year ago. Four legs are obviously better than two when it comes to heritage work.



Metis Stool

AVANT-GARDE FURNITURE… Forget stand-up desks, beanbags, or anything as passé as a traditional chair. Perhaps keen to work on their core muscles, Metis Real Estate Advisors are currently enjoying sitting on old footballs during their meetings. Before you worry too much about the agents’ derrieres (that lacing really doesn’t look comfortable), rest assured their proper office furniture is soon to be delivered.


Royal House Building Chester

SUI GENERIS… A change of use application has been submitted to Cheshire West & Chester Council, to convert an empty shop unit in the Royal House Building on Northgate Street into a virtual reality experience centre. Applicant Equestrian Escapes wants to create five virtual reality pods, which can be hired individually or as a group, to fully immerse visitors in their gaming experience. Could be an interesting way to break up the working day.

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