Non-essential shops, outside hospitality, barbers, gyms and pub beer gardens reopen to the public today as lockdown restrictions in England ease for the third time since the pandemic began.
As you walk through Manchester city centre this morning, it’s evident to see that life is slowly returning to normal.
Thousands of people have been lining the streets from the early hours, waiting for shops to open, including Manchester Arndale, which didn’t have an entrance without hundreds stood outside it at 8am.
It’s not just shops, pubs and beauty businesses that can reopen today though, as the leisure industry has also been given the green light to begin operating again, and this is exactly what is happening at zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas across the country.
It’s Step Two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which somehow, we’ve managed to stick to since Boris Johnson announced it some weeks ago.
During Step Two there are still restrictions on social contact, with indoor venues only allowing access to those with members of one household, while the rule of six still applies outdoors.
However, for those who have been stuck inside for most of the year, it’s a welcome return to SOME sort of normality – and as the sun shines down on most of the country today, the cold weather doesn’t seem to be stopping those people from taking advantage of it.
We’ve outlined everything you need to know about Step Two and all the lockdown restrictions that have been lifted here, if you’d like to refresh your memory before venturing out.
For the latest information, guidance and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, please do refer to official sources at gov.uk/coronavirus.
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.