HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Manchester

It’s a little town in the North called Manchester that is grabbing the property headlines, so we focus in on what activity is going on in the football mad city that’s given the Manchester property market such a “feel good” factor. We also do our trusty round-up of property and architecture news from around the world in the week in which we get a new President.


A new a cultural centre in Manchester named Factory has been given the green light by Manchester City Council. It will be Dutch firm OMA‘s first major UK project and it is predicted to cost £110 million. Factory will be the host of many dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts events run by Manchester International Festival. OMA is working with developer Allied London on the project, which is describes as a “groundbreaking new venue driven by the extraordinary creative vision and breadth of Manchester’s cultural life”. They predict that the surrounding area’s economy will be boosted by £1.1 billion and will also generate 1,500 jobs.

Factory - OMA - Manchester

Factory – OMA – Manchester

Factory - OMA - Manchester

Factory – OMA – Manchester


Chinese investment into Manchester has increased as inquiries into Manchester property have jumped by more than 50pc as enthusiasm for the Northern Powerhouse continues to grow. The economic impact in 10 years time of Chinese spending in the area is expected to be worth £500 million, double the previous estimation.


Experts predict a “feel good” property market in Manchester in 2017.


Plans have been revealed for a new 36 storey residential skyscraper in Manchester City Centre, which will be the next phase in the £1.3 billion St. John’s development. Tower Two, will be the second its kind, with the plans for Tower One, the sister tower, being submitted last November. Architects Denton Corker Marshall submitted the application for Tower Two on behalf of Allied London and Manchester council.

Tower Two - St John's development

Tower Two – St John’s development

Tower Two - St John's development

Tower Two – St John’s development


Carillion to start £150m Moda Manchester PRS scheme after German bank Deutsche Pfandbriefbank agree to finance the project.


An urban masonry building in Brooklyn has been renovated by New York studio Young Projects, which features a black zinc cladding on the front of the house. The building was also extended into a vacant rear yard for a more spacious build.


The Chinese building boom resulted in 2016 being a record breaking year for skyscrapers. A huge 128 skyscrapers (over 200 metres tall) were built, with 84 of those being built in China. That’s two thirds of all skyscrapers built in the world, including the tallest building of the year, The Shanghai Tower, which also won architectural awards. This makes it the 9th year in a row that China has built more skyscrapers than any other country.


Ralph Lauren opens his first dining spot in London, Ralph’s Coffee & Bar. The coffee shop-bar hybrid on Regent Street opened it’s doors on the 12th January and has an all day breakfast menu and some classy cocktails, but be prepared to splash the cash.


British photographers Hufton + Crow have brilliant captured BIG’s Via 57 building in the New York sunset.

Via 57 - Hufton + Crow - New York Photography

Via 57 – Hufton + Crow – New York Photography


Aberdeen Football Club have submitted plans for a £40 million stadium, which will hold 20,000 spectators and will also have a football academy. The Executive Vice Chairman of Aberdeen Football Club, George Yule stated, “Our vision is to deliver essential community and training facilities and a new stadium, which will collectively support the ambitions of the Community Trust, Club and fans”.


There has been a drop in the number of houses for sale in London due to high taxes, Brexit and the new idea of “don’t move, improve”. The 14% drop in the number of houses on the market is stemming house price growth.


Take a look at Utrecht Rail and Bus station’s undulating roof designed by Dutch firm Benthem Crouwel Architects. The station is the the largest in the Netherlands and is three times the size of the city’s original transport hub.


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Jean Nouvel‘s Torre Agbar skyscraper in Barcelona has been sold for the second time in just three years, as occupants blame the building’s impracticality as the main reason for moving out.


The Trumps and the Obamas are set to be neighbours, as Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner buy a £4.4 million six bedroom house just two streets away from the Obamas in Washington DC.


Britain’s biggest building society, Nationwide, is weighing the sale of a portfolio of commercial property loans worth nearly £3bn months after announcing it would stop lending to the sector.


Beijing lingerie factory by A+Award-winning studio Crossboundaries has created a gap in the middle of their production facility for a Chinese lingerie brand, which encourages employees to go outside on their breaks. Aimer, which specialises in underwear and negligees, first approached the firm to design a 14,000-square-metre factory in 2004.


Danish firms COBE and Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects finish their warehouse-inspired housing complex on Copenhagen’s harbour. The complex is 20,000 square metres and is named Krøyers Plads.



A cross shaped library in Normandy has been completed by OMA and Barcode Architects. The 12,500 square metre Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville was designed so that each of its four wings fan out in the direction of city landmarks. The Abbaye-aux-Dames to the north, the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in the west, the central train station to the south and an area of redevelopment in the east.


Architecture studio Penda has revealed it’s plans to create a network of modular building blocks at the International Horticultural Expo 2019 in Beijing. It will act as an exhibition the exhibition space for Chinese property developer Vanke.

A Thousand Yards

A Thousand Yards

A Thousand Yards

A Thousand Yards

 

 

 

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