1. urbanbubble to host breakfast with Place North West

    On Thursday 14 January (8am-10am) urbanbubble is hosting a breakfast event with Place North West and Winckworth Sherwood in Manchester City Centre. Titled Building Successful Communities, the event brings together a number of key figures in residential development in the region to look ahead at how future communities in our towns and cities can be shaped.

    For further information and to book your place at the event please click here.

  2. Alumno completes transformation of 50 All Saints Green, Norwich

    Alumno Developments has completed the transformation of the historic Grade II Listed 50 All Saints Green (180 sq m/193,000 sq ft) into premises for Yoga Tree and a new café.  A special event was held 12 noon on Friday 18 December to mark the handover of the building into its new use.

    The completion of 50 All Saints Green is the final stage of the development at All Saints by Alumno.  In September this year, the £11 million 228 bedroom new student accommodation building was handed over to Norwich University of the Arts and students have been living there since.

    Alumno Developments worked closely with Norwich Council Conservation team, architects Carson and Partners and a specialist, experienced contractor on the ambitious project to bring the building back into use and create a bespoke space for the yoga studio.

    David Campbell, managing director, Alumno Developments said: “When Alumno took on the entire All Saints Green scheme we considered the unique history attached to this building and decided it deserved a careful and authentic renovation and, most importantly should be prepared for a use which invites the public back in.  I am delighted the yoga studio and café are taking the space.

    “It is important to all of us at Alumno that our developments offer far more than just bedrooms for students.  We always look for ways to bring benefits to the wider public and transformation of 50 All Saints Green and the new pocket park is typical of our approach across the country.

    Swami Atma Gyanam Saraswati (Joss Guin), Yoga Tree said:  “Seeing the beautiful 50 All Saints Green being brought back to life as our yoga studio and cafe is a dream come true.  Alumno have been wonderful. They gave us the opportunity to have input at the planning stage and invested in the fabric of this important old building.

    “We are blessed to have the beauty and history of this Grade II Listed building, combined with bespoke design that comes from an understanding of the needs of yoga practice and we have created a beautiful dedicated yoga space for the whole community.”

    The Yoga Tree occupies the entire building. Classes and private tuition are open to the public and are will be available for all levels of experience, right from beginners. For more information visit  The café will be open on the ground floor.

    50 All Saints Green was built in 1895 as a stable and coach house for 35 Surrey Street.  From 1952 to 1972 it was used as one England’s first dance schools, the well-known Norman’s School of Dance, operated by Peter and Nancy Norman.

    Alumno Developments, established in 2006, partner with universities, colleges and other stakeholders to provide high quality living space for over 2,000 students in London, Birmingham and Bristol.  Alumno deliver distinct and sensitive designs, carefully engaging local residents to integrate their developments for the benefit of the existing community.

  3. Debbie Meredith joins OBI Property

    Debbie Meredith has joined the Transactions and Asset Management team at Manchester based OBI Property.  Debbie will work alongside Richard Lace, Andrew Cowell and Will Lewis.

    Debbie, who has a degree in property management and investment from the University of Salford, was previously a general practice surveyor at Macclesfield based Magnus Real Estate. She was responsible for the marketing and leasing of available space and the day to day running of the diverse portfolio at Magnus which includes office, industrial and retail assets across the UK.

    Debbie said: “I am delighted to be joining OBI Property.  The company has an established reputation as one of the leading, fastest and most innovative commercial advisors in the North West.  I am looking forward to working with the whole team as I look to develop my skills and experience in a very exciting North West property market.”

    Richard Lace said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Debbie to the team at OBI Property.  She has an impressive track record and I know she will hit the ground running as we continue to disrupt the conventional approach to the North West market by applying the OBI difference.”

    Debbie’s appointment was covered by Manchester Evening News, Place North West, Insider and The Businessdesk.


  4. PP O’Connor appointed on first phase of GEIC

    Irlam based demolition and bulk earthworks specialist PP O’Connor has been appointed by Arcadis (formerly EC Harris) on behalf of The University of Manchester to carry out the demolition of the Faraday Building in preparation for the construction of the £60 million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).

    The demolition work began last week and will take approximately 20 weeks.  PP O’Connor will remove several buildings, including the 1967 Faraday Building, the chimney and the link bridge to the Faraday Tower (the tower itself is being retained) at the 8,400 sq m site.

    Charmaine O’Connor, chief executive, PP O’Connor said:  “We are proud to be at the start of the delivery of GEIC, it will be a major centre for development of Graphene and no doubt have a significant impact for The University of Manchester and the City itself.  We carried out the demolition and ground preparation works for the National Graphene Institute in 2013 so it’s great to be back and involved with a new Graphene building project.”

    While the majority of the work will be confined to the site, it is expected there will be a number of weekend road closures of Sackville Street in the New Year to enable the link bridge to the Faraday Tower to be demolished.  Details of the closures will be released closer to the time.

    Mel Manku, Partner at Arcadis said: “As Project and Cost Managers on behalf of The University of Manchester, it’s important we select the right team for each stage of GEIC and the initial demolition works carry various sensitivities and complexities.  PP O’Connor’s approach and track record on working on confined, challenging city centre sites and their impressive health and safety record, made them the right team for the job.”

    With its headquarters in Irlam and regional office in Liverpool, PP O’Connor is a leading demolition, bulk earthworks and civil engineering contractor.  The firm directly employs 156 highly skilled people and provides regular training courses as well as working with five apprentices this year.

    The news was featured in Demolition and Recycling International, Demolition News, NFDC News and Insider

  5. Plans submitted for The Crescent, Salford

    Euan Kellie Property Solutions has submitted a planning application on behalf of Property (Done) Limited to Salford City Council for The Crescent, a private rented sector (PRS) development of 405 apartments, located on the A6, at the site of the former Black Horse Hotel.

    Designed by 5plus Architects the Crescent is the sister scheme to the Trinity PRS development which was granted planning permission in March this year.  The 153 one bedroom and 248 two bedroom apartments will be spread over three buildings comprising five, 16 and 21 storeys, there will also be four townhouses.  In addition there will be car parking, landscaping and 8890 sq ft of commercial space.

    Euan Kellie Property Solutions is leading the planning application process for the scheme, along with project manager Swithenbank Property Consultants, which will be built, retained and managed by Property (Done) Limited.  Once complete the homes will be available for rent.

    Euan Kellie, Euan Kellie Property Solutions said:  “The proposed Crescent development will be a fantastic addition to the Crescent, providing new homes for rent, as well as commercial space to support the growing community.”

    Simon Ismail, director, Property (Done) Limited said: “Submitting the planning application for the Crescent marks a significant step as we aim to realise our vision for the important Crescent site.”

    Jonathon Swithenbank, Swithenbank Property Consultants said:  “We have a great site and a first class design team working together on The Crescent.  Submitting a robust planning application is the first step of a very exciting development.”

    The planning submission was featured in Property Week, Manchester Evening News, Insider, Manchester Confidential, Place North West and The BusinessDesk.