Grand Design… Fancy owning a home picked apart on TV by Kevin McCloud? Want to own a grand design without living in a caravan for a year and worrying about the delayed delivery of your Scandinavian timber? Hop on Zoopla and check out this stylish concrete pad designed by Neil Dawson of Snook Architects. RIBA regional House of the Year in 2015 and located in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, Liverpool, it’s a bargain at £1.2m.
Scariest game face… The annual Tri Region Property Rugby match approaches. Wednesday 3 May will see teams of property professionals from the North West, Midlands and Yorkshire go head-to-head at Birkenhead Park FC. Organised by Tony O’Keefe of LM6, the event is raising funds for children’s charity Norfox. Based on the photo from last year, we don’t envy any opponents going up against the usually amiable Thomas Pearson from JMW Solicitors, who has perfected his glaring game face. Donate at http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/tri-regions-rugby. Go team!
Star-studded venue… The Playhouse in Hulme is up for auction. Laurel & Hardy, Nina Simone, George Formby and Frank Randle all performed in the grade two-listed former theatre. Now known as the Nia Centre, the venue still contains a 900-seat theatre so you can sing your heart out before relaxing post-performance in the basement dressing rooms. Yours for as little as £300,000.
Creative move… The ever-growing Buy Art Fair has revealed a new venue to celebrate its tenth edition later this year. Incorporating The Manchester Contemporary, the fair’s 3,000 pieces of artwork find a home at Manchester Central this autumn. Fringe events will also be spilling out across the city so unleash your inner art critic and head down to the Buy Art Fair on the 27-29 October. The blank space on your wall will thank you.
Spectacular launch… Allied London doesn’t mess around. Where others have a launch event, Mike Ingall’s mob go for a full-on festival, complete with live music, fashion shows and “food and drink island”, with healthy smoothies for the creative folk. If your event’s not got wristbands, you’re nothing in this day and age. If you attended the XYZ launch a few years ago, you’ll remember Ingall’s imaginary balloon visualisation exercise. Well this time, he got REAL balloons…