Manchester apparently has the lowest rate of fixed reported potholes in the UK, a new survey has discovered.
It comes as a list of Britain’s so-called ‘pothole capitals’ has been released, with Manchester coming in at number eight.
Hereford, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, and Birmingham are among the English places that accompany Manchester on the top 10 list, while the top two spots are (unfortunately) claimed by Scotland’s two biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Wrexham and Swansea were Wales’ representatives within the top 10.
All these shocking revelations are according to a new study from data collection experts at SmartSurvey, who analysed the reports of potholes registered via FixMyStreet.com for 68 cities across England, Scotland, and Wales – but excluding London.
Top 10 ‘pothole capitals’ in the UK
Potholes unfixed per 1,000 residents
Fix rate (%)
Since some residents use the FixMyStreet platform more than others, fix rates were evaluated only for the 41 cities with at least 100 reports registered since 2007 – which is when the platform was launched – up until 12 January 2024.
The top 10 cities with the highest number of potholes per capita are contained within the latter 41 cities, where fix rates were said to have been ‘measurable’.
Glasgow was named as Britain’s pothole capital, among the cities outside London, because, since 2007, Glaswegians filed 9,780 reports of potholes, and only 2,372 had been marked as “fixed” until 12 January this year, with the remaining 7,408 reports said to be spread “rather evenly” across the city’s population of 635,130.
This is the equivalent of 11.7 yet-to-be-fixed reported potholes for every 1,000 residents.
Experts at SmartSurvey say that, as of 12 January 2024, city dwellers across Britain – outside of London, are still waiting for local authorities to solve a total of 70,413 pothole reports, and apparently, Councils tend to fix only four in 10 potholes,
This is based on average rates in cities with the most “proactive” residents.
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:
The short trailer gives a glimpse at the history of the Brunswick Mill space and what it’s set to become.
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:
The bathroom plans.‘New with the old’ bedroom-designs.A first look inside the Brunswick Mill flats. (Credit: Supplied)
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.