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Farnworth market precinct set to get £50m transformation including 200 new homes

‘Bringing the power back to the town centre’

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Farnworth market precinct is set to become a new vibrant town centre community with £50m transformation plans. 

A deal has recently been agreed between Bolton Council and stars of BBC2 documentary Manctopia Capital & Centric to regenerate the site and rejuvenate the town centre. 

Those from the area are being asked what they think of the proposals of around 200 new modern homes surrounding the public space, as well as a flexible indoor community space with a village hall feel. 

The vision is to create a new bustling destination for artisan markets, live events, art galleries and pop-ups for foodies.

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The site is a short walk from the train station, sitting on King Street, giving it easy access to both Bolton and Manchester. The refurbished bus station is also on the site’s doorstep, making it an ideal location for commuters.

A linear park will also link to Farnworth Central Park to bring green space to the doorstep of the community. 

Locals are being asked what amenities they would like to see as part of the market precinct such as café-bars, delis, a mini-cinema, gym and co-working space for workers and businesses to base themselves.

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “It’s been talked about for a while now, but I think 2021 will be the watershed year for rebooting and levelling up our town centres. To get them thriving again we need to bring people into the town centre, so we’re bringing homes of a quality seen in the city centre right into the heart of Farnworth.

“These will sit alongside all the other bits you need to make a proper community, so tons of outside space, with a new public square and linear park, and a new indoor community space for events and pop-ups.

“We’ll also have all the other parts of the eco-system like café-bars, delis, a mini-cinema, gym and co-working space. This will be a new destination for people living in Farnworth to live, work and hang out. As usual for us we’ve gone for a bold design and we’re keen to hear what people think. We’re buzzing with ideas but we want to create this community together so come and join the conversation!”

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Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Martyn Cox added: “It’s really exciting to see the proposals for Farnworth town centre beginning to take shape so quickly. CAPITAL&CENTRIC have made a great start since the council agreed the deal with them last year to take forward the redevelopment of the former market precinct.

“This part of Farnworth has huge potential and we’ve now got a clear set of ideas for transforming the area. It’s got everything: high-quality homes and employment, retail and leisure opportunities.

“Now it’s over to local residents to hear what they think – so I’d encourage everyone to respond to the consultation and be part of shaping Farnworth town centre’s future.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s important we focus as soon as possible on helping communities recover. Delivering projects like this will be a key part of that.”

There is no public event due to Covid-19 restrictions but there are a number of ways people can join the conversation:

 

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FIRST LOOK: Take a peek inside Manchester’s rescued and transformed Victorian warehouses

The buildings are now part of KAMPUS, an upcoming neighbourhood just minutes from Piccadilly Station

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New images have revealed the incredible transformation inside two of Manchester’s Grade-II listed Victorian shipping warehouses that were once destined for demolition.

Despite once being two of the most recognised buildings in the city, Minshull Warehouse and Minto & Turner were almost destroyed after being abandoned and left to stand derelict for decades.

But now, after being listed for their historical significance, they’ve been given an eclectic new lease of life courtesy of property developers HBD & CAPITAL&CENTRIC, who have transformed the buildings into swanky new apartments located in the upcoming neighbourhood KAMPUS.

KAMPUS

KAMPUS

The loft-style apartments – which are now available to rent, by the way – have retained many of the buildings’ rustic and historic features, including original cast iron columns and indoor exposed brickwork.

The ground floors also feature commercial spaces adorned with items from the buildings’ vast history, including a cast iron hydraulic packing press, an ornate cast iron weighing machine and cast iron maker’s plate, all dating as far back as the 1860s.

Adam Brady at HBD said of the new apartments: “Out of all our plans at KAMPUS, we’re asked the most about the restoration of these Victorian warehouses. There’s something so powerful about them, their former life and the history their bricks hold.

These buildings were once derelict and at real risk of being lost forever. It was so important we took time to sensitively restore them and preserve as many original features for the next generation of Mancunians. These amazing buildings were a key part of Manchester’s industrial history and people now have the chance to call them home.”

KAMPUS

KAMPUS

Residents in the new flats will have access to a private gym with free weights, cardio and core equipment and a yoga studio, as well as a twenty-four hour concierge service. Amenities like dog walking, dry cleaning, a private cinema, lounge, dining room will also be on offer.

KAMPUS, which is located right next to Canal Street in Manchester’s Gay Village and just minutes from Piccadilly Station, has become well known for using a mix of old and new buildings to comprise its community.

The neighbourhood itself has an endless choice of bars, restaurants and events, such as local gems like the General Store, Cornerstone, Nell’s and Bread Flower. And not to mention the newly reborn Little David Street, which runs down the middle of the renovated buildings.

The flats are available to rent now and require no deposit – click here to book a viewing.

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A rum bottle-shaped skyscraper could be joining Manchester’s skyline

Plans for the tower include a high-end revolving restaurant and a 24/7 cocktail bar

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Are you ready for this? A skyscraper built in the shape of a rum bottle could be the latest addition to Manchester’s skyline.

The vision comes from ‘maverick’ rum makers Decorrum. The company, which adopts a Printworks honey bee for each bottle of their spiced rum sold, has apparently submitted a bid to build Manchester’s ‘tallest building’ which will just so happen to be in the shape of their own rum bottle.

The leaked planning documents, obtained by Business Up North, contain the first drawings and proposal issued to Manchester City Council this week. According to the documents, the building will house a high-end revolving restaurant situated in the ‘bottle neck’ and will also be home to Manchester’s first ‘sky high’ 24/7 cocktail bar.

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The skyscraper would be situated besides the recognisable Beetham Tower down Deansgate, but will stand thirty stories taller and will even boast a roof-top platform for guests to enjoy panoramic views of the city… Well, according to the ambitious plans it will.

Speaking about the leaked designs, co-founder of Decorrum Rum, Lucy Wolfenden said: “We wanted to capture the spirit of Decorrum while creating a dramatic build for Manchester. We were inspired by the roaring 1920s, the bling of Gatsby and the decadence of the Art Deco era.

“We felt Manchester’s skyline was lacking a little adventure. Ultimately Manchester is a city that thinks a table is for dancing on. We feel Decorrum Tower really reflects that vibe and will offer Mancunians the opportunity to party in pure luxury.”

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Decorrum is a brand new, independent, spiced rum based out of Didsbury – according to the website, the spirit is best served with coke, and is flavoured with the honey of Manchester’s very own bees. 

Suspiciously, the documents for the skyscraper plans have been linked to coincide with the brands’ official launch this month…

To stay posted on further updates, make sure to follow Decorrum on Instagram.

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Deansgate’s Renaissance Hotel to be transformed into huge treehouse hotel

The historic building is finally getting a new lease of life

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After decades of architectural neglect, the infamous Renaissance Hotel is finally set for a much-needed transformation.

Known to Mancs today as ‘that ugly building down Deansgate,’ the Renaissance Hotel was initially built as an office block in 1972 before being transformed into the hotel it is known as today.  However, instead of becoming a staple part of Manchester city centre’s history, the fifteen-storey tall building has instead been labeled as an ‘eye sore’ and has faced the threat of full demolition since 2018.

Last year, it was announced that the hotel would close for good and, ever since, it has stood derelict and seemingly forgotten with the possibility of demolition constantly looming. 

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But now, that’s all set to change – a £200m redevelopment of the building proposed by Property Alliance Group and Starwood Capital’s has now been approved by the council.

The building will be taken over by the SH Hotel & Resorts’ ‘Treehouse’, a London-based treehouse-themed hotel concept.

SH Hotels & Resorts’ primary aim is to recreate ‘the wondrous childhood feeling of climbing into a treehouse and making up your own rules.’ They have promised to bring this outlook to their Manchester venture, saying the hotel will be ‘fun, fresh and fabulous – inspired by life’s joys.’

The existing Treehouse Hotel, located in London’s elusive Marylebone neighbourhood, has achieved critical acclaim for it’s unique and eccentric interior design, which includes real tree trunks entwined in the bathrooms, nature-inspired bedrooms and quirky decorations such as cuckoo clocks and an abundance of shrubbery. 

SH Hotels & Resorts

SH Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Capital Group Chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht said on the Manchester project: “I’m really excited to launch our second Treehouse Hotel in the UK. Manchester is as much a destination for travellers as a gathering place for its energetic local community.

“Our Treehouse will introduce a new execution of fun and witty, and provide an imaginative hospitality experience. As a sustainable brand, we will reuse and repurpose the existing building. We are thrilled to set roots in the city of Manchester.”

Further details surrounding the venture have remained tightly under wraps, though SH Hotels & Resorts has indicated that the hotel will introduce a number of unique new dining experiences to the area, including a top-floor restaurant and bar with city views and a rooftop venue.

Treehouse Hotel Manchester has also vowed to make extensive use of ‘reclaimed and recycled materials across both the building itself and the furniture within.’

Treehouse Hotel Manchester is due to open in 2023.

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