THING OF THE WEEK
PLAYFIELD… There’s no sign of the first phase of offices yet, but the park element of the £1bn Mayfield mixed-use scheme is progressing nicely. The much-vaunted six-acre public green space will be Manchester’s largest once complete, and this week the children’s play area started to take shape. Kids (and adults) can look forward to whizzing down eight different slides – each more death-defying than the last – crawling through tunnels, and traversing elevated rope bridges. Once the offices are eventually built, the space-age-looking park-within-a-park will provide a great space to unwind after a long morning of meetings.
SUPER SI… BE Group’s Simon Roddam is preparing to take on a huge challenge for charity. A proud Wiganer, Roddam will step onto rival territory to tackle a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon at Ironman UK in Bolton this July. Roddam admits it will take a great deal of grit and determination to reach the finish line, but it will all be worth it if he reaches his £1,000 fundraising target for chosen charity Joining Jack. You can support Simon here.
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ABSEIL-UTELY NOT… That’s our opinion on the latest We Love MCR Charity ‘Challenge Events Series’ fundraiser, which the charity has teased will be abseiling off one of the city’s towers. Apparently, a location has already been booked for July. Call us cowards, but we’ll be sticking to the lift when it comes to descending 60-something-storey skyscrapers.
SIGN OF THE TIMES… Not a week goes by without a piece of artwork being commissioned or appearing in Liverpool. In recent times we have heard about a brain-melting mural and a creepy ceramic tree. Now, something less trippy is being proposed. Liverpool One and Culture Liverpool have erected a 14.5-metre sign [above], aimed at “symbolising Liverpool’s growing popularity as a must-see city”. Located on Thomas Steers Way near the Hilton Hotel, the installation looks a little uninspiring at present but fret not, it will be decorated by local artists throughout the year.
SWINGERS… If you like golf, the Liverpool City Region probably just became a whole lot more attractive. This week, news of two new facilities where players can hone their skills emerged. On The Green, a golf simulation concept, has finally opened at Liverpool One, a year after its arrival was first announced. Meanwhile, Bootle Golf Course has cut the ribbon on its new driving range. Sefton Council funded the 10-bay floodlit facility to the tune of £240,000. At £6 for 100 balls, the investment will be paid off once the four-millionth ball has been sent sailing down the fairway/shanked to the left.