The historic building will play host to a festival of food and wine. Credit: Kinrise

THING OF THE WEEK

WINE NOT?... As meanwhile uses go, this one is pretty cool. The grade two-listed Martins Bank Building, soon to be converted into offices by developer Kinrise, is going to become a brasserie and bar during the Taste Liverpool food festival over the Jubillee weekend. Chef patron of The Art School Paul Askew and Bordeaux Wines are partnering to curate a unique experience for the extended bank holiday – Bordeaux Bar A Vin. As well as copious amounts of the red stuff, lots of posh nosh will be served including terrine of Rhug Estate organic chicken, and slices of seared salt-aged Cumbrian fillet of beef, which sound as decadent as the surroundings in which they will be served. 


STEAK BAKE… From decadent dining experiences to grub on the go, MediaCity is finally getting a Greggs. It seems inconceivable that, in the 15 years since the Salford complex launched, the nation’s most ubiquitous bakery has not made its way down the ship canal. Landsec bought a majority share in MediaCity last year and is wasting no time readying plans for the next phase of workspace, as reported by Place North West earlier this month. However, the long-overdue arrival of Greggs could go down as the developer’s biggest contribution to MediaCity if and when it sells up in years to come. 


PAVE THE WAY… It’s all change in Stockport, but this time we aren’t referring to the council’s leadership. The much-maligned Merseyway shopping complex is slowly but surely being dragged into the 21st Century. STOK, Glenbrook’s redevelopment of the former BHS unit, is almost complete, while the council is advancing plans for Stockroom, a town centre community hub. The latest intervention will see the area between those two projects spruced up. CW Studio has shared a sneak preview of its plans for Merseyway’s public realm, which will see Portuguese granite paving installed. Muito bem!


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GONG... The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool has been awarded the title of Best Public Sector Building by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in their North West 2022 awards. Designed by BDP, the hospital is one of the largest specialist cancer centres in the UK and the flagship hospital opened in the centre of Liverpool in June 2020. The cancer centre was not the only Liverpool building recognised by RICS at its regional awards, the India Buildings won best refurbishment and The Old Library in Tuebrook was crowned best heritage project.


ROCK ON… A pair of Lancashire and Yorkshire boundary markers are officially grade two-listed artefacts, thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee. The pyramidal markers, which depict red and white roses, are about a stone’s throw away from Junction 22 of the M62. They were first unveiled by the Queen in 1971 and have now been given historical status, sharing the same listing as Manchester’s Central Public Library and The Lyceum in Liverpool.

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