An image of the new indoor arena in Oystermouth Road, with trees and greenery (Image: AFL Architects/Buckingham Group)

Swansea regeneration plans have helped keep big retail brands in town

Plans to regenerate Swansea have helped keep anchor stores like Marks and Spencer in the city and could prevent large employers moving away, senior figures have said. Council leader Rob Stewart said it was “highly likely” that retailers including Primark and Marks and Spencer might have been lost were it not for council-led plans to build a new indoor arena, offices, commercial buildings and flats in the city centre. These £130 million plans will be partly financed via the £1.3 billion city deal for the Swansea Bay City Region, and…

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22-24 King Street, Stirling

Stirling: bid to turn vacant B-listed building into restaurant, bar and flats

Developers are hoping a B-listed building in Stirling’s city centre could finally be put to use after lying empty for more than two decades. The properties at 22-24 King Street, formerly council and bank offices, could be turned into a restaurant/bar and six flats under plans by Manaw Ltd. The company has applied to Stirling Council for a change of use of the buildings, which have a chequered planning history and feature on the Scottish Government’s Buildings At Risk Register. More than a decade ago Stirling District Licensing Board granted…

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Picturedrome Macclesfield

Macclesfield’s Picturedrome cinema is reborn as a food market

Macclesfield’s oldest cinema reopens its doors today as a food hall from the team behind Manchester’s Mackie Mayor and Altrincham Market House. The historic building has been transformed into a bustling canteen with nine kitchens and stalls and two bars surrounding a communal seating area. Picturedrome Macclesfield is the third site from Market Operations, and features familiar faces from its Manchester and Altrincham venues. Steak specialists Tender Cow, fish bar Fin and sourdough pizzeria Honest Crust are among the food traders, who’ll be stationed alongside bars from Reserve Wines and…

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