In the North West, a deal to complete the fit-out of a new studio and office complex
in Manchester has been agreed. Proposals have been submitted for nine blocks ranging from eight to 33 storeys on the former Rochdale Road Gas Works site, the latest project in Manchester’s £1bn Northern Gateway masterplan.
In Altrincham, a new ‘Shipping Container Street Food Village’
is set to open, the area is being transformed into a thriving new community space of shipping containers featuring a variety of local traders serving up delicious food and drink. Approval has been granted to push ahead with revised plans to redevelop the former Granada Studios,
reducing the number of hotel rooms from 210 to 175 and increasing the amount of office space. The region’s transport body has detailed its preferred route for the £39bn Northern Powerhouse Rail project
, including a line from Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington, and urged the Government to back the plans. Liverpool Football Club last week officially opened their new £50m training base
in Kirkby that includes a ‘secret’ stairway for sneaking potential signings into the building
In the Midlands, a planning application for 370 new homes in the heart of Wolverhampton’s historic Canalside Quarter
has been submitted. Three West Midlands councils have named the winning line-up of firms for a next generation construction framework in the region, projects valued up to £5m will have a pipeline worth £600m and large projects
of above £5m are expected to account for £1.5bn of work. In central Birmingham, the go-ahead has been given to build a new 39-storey, £260m tower
to deliver 722 homes for rent. In Birmingham city centre, images have revealed of how a city centre car park could be transformed into a sprawling 722-home development
if planning permission is granted.