OMI Architects is leading on the design of Velocity. Credit: via Cert Property


VELOCITY… What’s in a name? Cert Property has given dynamic names to each of the three buildings that make up the company’s Talbot Road residential cluster. Kinetic and Insignia were delivered first and now it is the turn of Velocity, the third phase of the scheme. The choice of name for the third building will be welcome news for Stephen Oster, Cert’s head of acquisitions and development, who was twice overruled when he suggested Velocity might be a fitting name for the first two buildings. Good things come to those who wait, Stephen. 

WHAT HAPPENS IN HARROGATE… Was it poor planning or an unavoidable legacy of Covid? This week the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester was without its usual cohort of local authority leaders and officials, who were over in Harrogate for the Local Government Association conference. Likewise, the Harrogate event was noticeably lacking representatives from housing associations, who were all in Manchester. Cue some very flustered attendees who spent the week darting between Yorkshire and Greater Manchester donning a pair of lanyards. Time for a well-earned rest.  

Credit: Planit-IE

COMING SOON… The transformation of Manchester’s Albert Square is continuing apace. While work progresses on the town hall, part of the square is now open, providing a taste of what the finished project might look like. For those concerned about a lack of greenery, fear not, the trees are on their way. If you look down you will see a series of green circles on the ground, designed by landscape architect Planit-IE, indicating where the trees will eventually be.

ARTISTIC ANTICIPATION… Something new is coming to the plinth outside Liverpool Parish Church, the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas. For the last five years, the plinth has been used to display socially conscious artworks. In 2020, for example, the plinth housed a seagull hovering about a pile of plastic waste taken from the sea in a bid to highlight the state of our oceans. What will appear this year remains to be seen, but the big reveal is not far away… 

Credit: via Tyler Grange

CHEERS… Environmental consultant Tyler Grange knows how to keep its staff hoppy. The company is currently trailing a four-day working week as part of a national trial, giving it more time to pursue its penchant for beer-brewing and drinking. The company has developed its own low-carbon beer, Phoenix, which is perfect for a Friday evening… or morning. 

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