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SHIP SHAPE… 66 shipping containers are to be stacked up to create 10,000 sq ft of office space on a site recently used as a beer garden by Irish bar O’Shea’s. Last year, crowds converged on the beer garden, which was set up to give the thirsty among us a place to drink that wasn’t impacted by Covid capacity limitations. It was essentially a car park with a bar and some tables, and it was glorious. Now normality has returned, and we can drink inside again, the site’s owners are looking to meet a different need. 

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HEADLEY HEIGHTS… In its 50th anniversary year, consultancy Clancy is attempting to raise £50,000 for mental health charity Mind. Chief executive Martyn Headley is hoping to help the company reach its target by heading off on something of a Tour de Europe. He will cycle from Manchester through Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria before finally putting the brakes on in Puglia, Italy. Headley reckons the 1,800-mile trip, which involves climbing the equivalent of four Mount Everests, will take him a month. If you want to chip in to help him reach his target, you can do so here. 

ON THE RIGHT PATH… Fancy a Manchester High Line update? The eagerly anticipated transformation of Castlefield Viaduct into an urban park is progressing, as evidenced by images shared on Twitter by James Callaghan Sons. The company is in the process of laying a new footpath on the 125-year-old bridge. Looking good! 

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A TON OF BRICKS… Housebuilder Persimmon has donated 10,000 bricks to Preston College to support the training of construction apprentices. In case you’re wondering how far 10,000 bricks will go, it’s roughly how many you would need to build a large three-bedroom house. Upon receiving the donation, the students were shocked. “It hit me like a ton of small rectangular blocks typically made of fired or sun-dried clay,” one future brickie said. 

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BLANK CANVAS… A £2m music venue is opening at Circle Square in Manchester next month. Canvas will host music events and boasts a late-night bar and restaurant. The project is being delivered by Canvas Venues Group, the company behind the Pickle Factory and Oval Space in London. The group’s Circle Square site is its first foray outside the capital. The venue will feature a 600-capacity music venue open until 4am seven nights a week, which sounds fun, if a little exhausting. 

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DERAILED… UKREiiF in Leeds offered a great chance to discuss the future of ‘levelling up’ in the UK… if you could get there. The Manchester-Leeds train proved as finicky as one would expect, rife with surprise cancellations and delays – so much so that Manchester City Council Leader Bev Craig joked about it during one panel. On a serious note, it drove the issue home – how can we level up the North without improving transport links? 

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