FLYING HIGH… Everyone loves a fly-through, and this week it was Liverpool-based developer YPG’s turn, providing a tour of its latest development, the Fabric Village, a £50m project off Gildart Street in Islington. The developer is planning to deliver around 450 studio, one, and two-bed apartments on the site and is due to start work this month. In typical fly-through fashion there’s lots of CGI residents standing around looking gormless – or looking at their phones – but the video gives a good overview of what to expect ahead of the project completing in a few years’ time. You can view the fly-through here.
JAZZY ACRONYM… The arrival of Top 20 law firm Taylor Wessing in Liverpool later this year, initially with a 25-strong team, is a decent inward investment win for the city. TW looks to be at the more tech-savvy end of the legal market – in 2015 it launched its TW:EXCEL programme, which stands for EXcellent Client service Efficiently Lawyered, but of course you’d already worked that out. Professional services life would surely be more interesting if all firms were required by law to sum themselves up with an acronym, preferably by spelling out the whole name of the company. How about Always Delivering Dynamic Lawyering, Every Solicitor Here Always Wins. A work in progress, admittedly.
SURF’S UP… Idiocy is the name of the game this week after Transport for Greater Manchester issued an urgent warning against the latest trend, tram surfing. A number of incidents have been reported of children jumping on the back of trams or sitting on coupling units that hold the trams together, despite warnings from the police and TfGM. Thankfully one school has already identified some of the culprits but in case anyone, for some bizarre reason, thought it might be a good idea to try it – don’t.
KERCHING OF THE WEEK… Much wailing and gnashing of teeth this week after Manchester Airport confirmed when it will start charging for – sorry, that should be “managing congestion at” – its airport drop-off points. Passengers can be dropped off at a dedicated point with free shuttle buses taking people to their terminal of choice, but if you want to be dropped off outside your terminal, it’ll cost £3 for a five-minute drop-off or £4 for a 10-minute drop-off. If you want to drop off then come back in, hard luck, because you’ll have to pay a £25 penalty if you do. Proceeds from the congestion charge – apologies again, we meant “forecourt management scheme” – will be put back into a public transport fund set up by the airport. Mine’s a flight from LJLA, please.
PANKHURST PAINTING… Bruntwood is planning to bring a major new mural to the side of Trafford House, facing Chester Road. A 38-by-seven metre section will be painted to celebrate the life of Sylvia Pankhurst, the daughter of suffragette Emmeline, to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage. Entries to the competition are due to be judged by a panel featuring Louise Sutherland, chair of the Pankhurst Trust. The mural is fitting given Pankhurst’s birthplace, Drayton Terrace in Old Trafford, formerly stood only a few metres away before it was demolished after World War Two. Entries for the mural can be put forward here, and the winning mural will be installed in October this year.