OOF WHAT A ROOF…Carpenter has thrown down the outdoor space gauntlet at its new Liverpool development, One Brunswick. The scheme features a balcony for each of the 478-apartments, as well as a 50,000 sq ft roof garden with a 1km-long meandering path allowing residents to take in views of the Mersey, Three Graces and even as far as the Welsh mountains on a clear day. Roof-walkers beware through…Liverpool is notoriously blustery and an innocent stroll could easily turn into an impromptu dip in the nearby Brunswick Dock.
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RUDY RUDY RUDY RUDY…That’s right, the popular Neopolitan pizza joint is planning to open its fourth site in Greater Manchester. City centre sites in Ancoats and Peter Street are regularly mobbed by carb-loving hedonists, while a third, in Sale, opened at the back end of last year. Now the pizza pros are advertising for staff to get a Chorlton site up and running.
HIT FOR SIX…In other hospitality news, an exciting venture aimed at lovers of the Gentleman’s Game is open. Sixes, billed as a “social entertainment cricket venue”, was previously confined to Fulham and Fitzrovia in London. However, the company has picked Manchester’s Corn Exchange as the site for its first venture outside the capital. Punters can work on perfecting their cover drives or simply enjoy a drink to the sweet sound of leather on willow. However, those steering clear of the nets will still need their wits about them so as not to have their pint spoiled by a wayward heave over cow corner.
RACING FOR GOLD… Massive congratulations to ex-JLL staffer Ben Watson, who claimed not one but two gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Watson gave up his desk job as a surveyor at JLL’s Manchester office back in 2018 to pursue a full-time athletic career. Based on the Tokyo results, it sounds like he made the right call. Watson triumphed at both the C3 time trial – coming in 56 seconds ahead of his competitor – and the men’s C1-3 road race. Watson was diagnosed with Guillain Barre syndrome when he was 14, which meant his immune system attacked his nerve cells. This led him to be paralysed for five months and having to relearn how to walk. Since then, he has been impaired below his knees. But now, he’s a Paralympic champion twice over – talk about an inspiring story!
I’M A CELEBRITY… Lock me in a castle? Gwyrch Castle in Abergele is once again the home of the iconic series. Usually held in Australia, ITV’s annual bug-eating extravaganza was forced to relocate to Wales last year due to the pandemic. The Conwy County landmark said it was shutting down for tours in order to prepare for filming starting on 6 September. It’s expected to reopen to the public sometime in 2022. In the meantime, we plan to continue our office debate as to the worst/best Bushtucker trials of all time, and who do you prefer: Ant or Dec.