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News in Brief: November/December 2020

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Manchester’s burgeoning commercial sector has received another boost as developer Marshall CDP has submitted an application for a 34,300m² office scheme within the city’s First Street regeneration zone. Proposals involve the construction of two office buildings at One City Road of 11-storeys and 14-storeys on a one-acre gateway site, which the developer owns.

Wirral Growth Company has submitted ambitious plans for the transformation of Birkenhead town centre to Wirral Council’s planning department. The masterplan includes the delivery of a new central business district with high-quality office space, alongside leisure space with a new market hall, the creation of vibrant town-centre living, as well as extensive public realm and green space.

Developer Bruntwood Works and Trafford Council have revealed plans to transform the former Kellogg’s site in Old Trafford, Stretford into a vibrant new neighbourhood. Known as Lumina Village, the 12-acre site will be transformed into a community of 750 homes, 18,500m² of office space, a primary school and 100-bedroom hotel.

Willmott Dixon has been picked to deliver a £21M leisure centre and community hub in Morpeth for Northumberland County Council. The facility will include a six-lane swimming pool with spectator gallery, learner pool, spa facilities, four-court sports hall, 100 station fitness suite, plus a dedicated cycling studio and large fitness studios.

The development of Birmingham Health Innovation Campus (formerly known as Birmingham Life Sciences Park) has announced a new long-term partnership between the University of Birmingham and Bruntwood SciTech, a joint venture between Bruntwood and Legal & General. A £210M, 10-year masterplan will be developed for the Campus, which will provide up to 61,000m² of state-of-the-art lab, office and incubation space.

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