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Fairhursts appoints associate director

Dan Whelan

Manchester-based architectural practice Fairhursts Design Group has hired former Purcell associate Laura Sherliker, as the business eyes 10% annual growth over the next 12 months.  

City Gateway Ardwick Green Manchester Masterplan July 2020

Ardwick Green framework taps area’s potential

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Paul Unger

High-density affordable residential developments stepping down from Piccadilly and Mayfield alongside the Mancunian Way are proposed in a draft masterplan by Manchester City Council, now open for public consultation.

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No 1 Circle Square tipped to house lifestyle venue

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Sarah Townsend

Canvas Manchester, a concept from the operators of London’s Pickle Factory and Oval Space, would feature a 100-seat restaurant, 400-capacity music and events space, and a private members club at the mixed-use scheme on Oxford Road.

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Green light for Arkwright House refurb

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Dan Whelan

The 95,000 sq ft office building in Manchester’s Parsonage Gardens will undergo its second refurbishment in three years after the city council approved a £1m plan to reconfigure the reception area to attract more tenants. 

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New Bailey public realm sketched

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Dan Whelan

English Cities Fund, a joint venture between Salford City Council, Muse Developments and Homes England, has selected landscape architect Re-Form to create an area of public realm next to the 293,000 sq ft Four New Bailey, for which plans were submitted last week. 

Wittington pulls Princess Street plans for rethink

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Dan Whelan

The investment manager has withdrawn plans to refurbish and extend its 51,600 sq ft building on Princess Street in Manchester, opting to go “back to the drawing board” and return with designs that reflect the changes in the office market post-Covid-19. 

Louise Wyman At Her Desk June 2020

PROFILE | Wyman leads radical next phase of Manchester growth

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Sarah Townsend

Louise Wyman, strategic director of growth and development at Manchester City Council, is embarking on the biggest placemaking rethink the city has seen in years, to include a heavier focus on design, public realm and “spaces between buildings”, and a shake-up of appointed consultants to improve competition.

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Loft looks to ride post-Covid rental wave

Dan Whelan

The interior design firm, which specialises in build-to-rent projects, forecasts increased growth as a result of a market shift towards renting rather than buying homes in the aftermath of Covid-19, after doubling its revenues since 2018.

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MMU sports building kicks off

Sarah Townsend

Work has started this week on Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Sport facility, designed by architecture firm BDP.