THING OF THE WEEK
HIT THE BAR… As a cautious full-back, Gary Neville didn’t hit the bar very often during his football career. But as a property developer, he is now getting a chance to create one. His application for a rooftop bar at the long-awaited St Michael’s development has been approved by Manchester City Council despite grumblings from local residents.
SLEEP OUT… The North West board of LandAid, the property industry’s charity that works to end youth homelessness in the UK, has a new chairman. Urban Splash group board director Nathan Cornish has taken on the role ahead of LandAid’s biggest ever SleepOut event, which is taking place in six locations across the country. In Manchester, those brave enough will be raising money for the charity by camping out for the night outside Mayfield Depot in March. Find out more at www.landaid.org.
FAMILY AFFAIRS… And while we’re feeling charitable, a shout out must go to Seddon Construction. The Bolton-based company is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and to mark the milestone, Seddon is aiming to raise £1m for The Christie through a range of fundraising activities including a 125-mile walk, a 125-hole round of golf and a 125km swim. The family-run business is under its fifth generation of ownership, which is impressive, as anyone who had to isolate with their relatives over lockdown can attest to.
HISTORIC HUTS… Liverpool-based architectural firm Harrison Stringfellow has been commissioned by National Museums Liverpool to breathe new life into the grade two-listed Hartley Hut at Albert Dock. The Hartley Hut is one of three octagonal granite cabins from 1844, designed by Jesse Hartley, as part of the Albert Dock construction. Back in the day, they were used as shelters for the workers operating the gates into the river; Harrison Stringfellow will reimagine the Hartley Hut, creating a new food and beverage outlet.
DONER LIFE… A two-storey kebab restaurant could come to Bolton under plans designed by Seed Architects for Synergie Holdings. The group wants to transform 38 Moor Lane into an 8,000 sq ft restaurant of hangover dreams. Best part? Plans call for a drive-thru. A kebab drive-thru, folks. Proof we are living the best life. Although maybe not the best idea, given the circumstances under which most kebabs are consumed…