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Vertical Axis: Raked columns and the temporary access bridge over the canal make it an unusual addition to Manchester's long list of building sites












TIGHT FIT… They said it couldn’t be built, now look at it fly.

After years of planning, work is well underway on the construction of Axis, PAG’s 28-storey residential tower emerging from a teeny tiny tricky canalside postage stamp at Deansgate Locks.

The designer is 5plus Architects, developer Property Alliance Group and intrepid contractor, Russells.

Axis PAG

How Axis should look on completion


TOP COPPER… The residential refurbishment and extension of Chancery House in Liverpool, by Falconer Chester Hall, has yielded an elegant building, with a copper addition to the roofline above restored brickwork. If only every new development looked as good as this.


HIGH ART… Do you like ecclesiastical architecture, but wish you could get your fix of modern art at the same time? Wish no more. Chester Cathedral is hosting ARK, an exhibition of sculpture rammed with big names, including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, and Sarah Lucas, among many others, open until 15 October. Someone should probably tell Hirst the animals were supposed to go into the Ark alive though…

Ark At Chester Cathedral


FOAL’S GOLD… Tatton Park has welcomed a new addition and a rare one at that, with the arrival of Secret Sensation. Not an exotic dancer as you might think, but a female shire horse born last week. Shire horses are under threat in the UK, and listed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Watchlist. With shire breeding long a part of Tatton’s history, Secret has some big horseshoes to fill; her most famous relative, Tatton Dray King, won the King George IV Gold Cup in 1908. Secret Sensation and her mum can now be visited between 12pm and 5pm every day at Tatton Park Farm.

Secret Sensation

GOLD BAR… Living Ventures opens its latest boozerie this September, at Salford Quays. You can find the newest branch of popular bar The Alchemist within The Bund, the gold-roofed, geometric block that’s conveniently been built between The Lowry and MediaCityUK. Designed by Reid, built by Artez, soon to be frequented by us media types. Mine’s a Smokey Old Fashioned.

The Bund Alchemist

BIG SPLASH… While we’re on the subject of goings-on at MediaCityUK, more than 800 property professionals made their way there this morning to swim, cycle and run their way to glory in the JLL Property Triathlon. Serious credit goes to anyone who throws themselves into the less-than-appealing water of Salford Quays – in our eyes, you’re all winners. The water is apparently a pleasant 20 degrees today, but Cushman & Wakefield’s paddling pool still looks more alluring to us.

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