FRAME FAME… It’s the lead up to Christmas so most of us are already indulging in too many sugary snacks. So here is something to add to your consumption: Morgan Sindall Construction invited a group of school children from St James Church of England Primary School to site the other day and let them sign the steel frame of the £22m Gorton Hub project. Billed as a one stop shop health and community services, the city council project is due to complete next autumn. The pupil’s signatures won’t be visible by that point, but they will forever be part of the development. Awww. 

ZIZZI… A little more than a year after closing several restaurants, Zizzi is opening a new site in Lancaster. The Italian food chain, saved out of administration by TowerBrook Capital Partners in a £70m deal, will open a restaurant within Lancaster’s former BHS store, which shut down in 2016. A good pizza zizzness for the city. 

Manchester Town Hall, P.PNW

FIX UP... Interested in seeing what is going on underneath the shroud of tarpaulin and scaffolding currently concealing much of Manchester Town Hall from view? Tune in to Great British Landmark Fixers on the Yesterday channel at 8pm on Monday 20 December 2021 when the £330m project will be in the spotlight. 

Altrincham Town Hall, P,Google Earth 0

Credit: Google Earth

ALTY ALTY… In other town hall news, Trafford Council is seeking a tenant for Altrincham Town Hall. The authority is accepting expressions of interest for potential occupiers before formally going out to tender with the opportunity next spring. “Given ever-increasing budget pressures, the council is looking for solutions and ideas particularly for assets that have higher overheads compared with the amount of income that is received,” according to the council.

Chester Cathedral, P.Nigel Hillier Photography

Credit: Nigel Hillier Photography via Heritage Fund

HERITAGE… 34 heritage organisations across the region are to receive a share of £3.7m from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Among them is Chester Cathedral, which will receive £171,200. In Blackburn, Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust, which looks after the fortified hilltop manor house, will get £116,500. 

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