THING OF THE WEEK
LES’S TIE…Even a pandemic couldn’t break Les Lang’s commitment to his work wardrobe. The Till Asset Management director told Place North West that he rocked a tie every weekday during the pandemic, even if his outfit’s bottom half was joggers. Lang said it was a way to signify the start of the workday. More power to him – the Place team said good riddance to ties a while back (except for special occasions, of course).
Day 28 Cycle Blighty 4 WaterAid – John O’Groats to Dingwall – 165km with Whit and Mukka.
— James Whittaker (@James_Wh1ttaker) July 27, 2021
PROGRESS REPORT...You may remember from TOTW 25 June that Peel’s James Whittaker is undertaking the Cycle Blighty 4 WaterAid challenge in which he’ll ride around the 5,700km coast of Great Britain at an average of 185km a day. Whittaker has now been on his bike for a month, tracing the outline of the UK on two wheels. So far, he has covered more than 5,000km and raised nearly £50,000 for Water Aid. He is currently making his back to St Andrews, where he started 30 days ago.
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BREAKTHROUGH…Contractor Domis has broken through the historic railway arches at Salboy’s £300m Viadux scheme, a major landmark in the project. The hole was made in order to accommodate a tower crane for the construction of the mixed-use development. Normally we talk about light at the end of the tunnel, but for this scheme, it is all about the light shining through the top.
BRICKS…No1 Old Trafford completed earlier this year and, in case you were wondering, those are real bricks, not brick slips. Contractor Domis laid a total of 644,207 building blocks to create the £72m scheme. That sounds like a lot but any brick-based stat must be compared to the region’s most famous brick landmarks: Stockport Viaduct, which is made up of 11m bricks, and the Tobacco Warehouse in Liverpool, which comprises a whopping 27m.
ALL BUT THE KITCHEN SINK…AEW Architects is ripping up the carpets at its old home, literally. The firm told Place that its current carpets will be joining colleagues in their new digs at Helical’s Trinity building. It’s all part of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Why buy new when you can reuse the old?
FREE ROOMS…Newly launched aparthotel Edyn at Liverpool One is giving away 10 two-night stays as part of an initiative designed to give back to NHS workers. Nights on Us collaborates with hotel brands to provide free overnight stays across the country as a way of saying thank you to health service staff. In total, Edyn is giving away 50 two-night stays across its sites. Since Nights on Us launched last year, hotels have pledged to provide 7,000 free stays. That’s better than a clap.