Paddock Johnson: New Brighton

Viking pushes boat out on leisure at £80m New Brighton scheme

The developer aims to submit an application for a mixed-use scheme at Marine Promenade this summer It is close to agreeing a deal that will see a leading UK entertainment provider take 80,000 sq ft at the Wallasey project.  The attraction will be Gravity Active’s second North West venture. The family entertainment provider signed for 31,000 sq ft at Warrington’s Time Square last summer.  In New Brighton, the ground floor leisure space would replace the existing New Palace and Adventureland attractions that are to be demolished in a bid to revitalise the…

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Mayfield Park c. Studio Egret West & Factory Fifteen

U+I’s hunt for Mayfield funding goes on

The developer is still looking for lenders to back the first phase offices and car park at the large Manchester project. The developer ……. [has] updated the stock market on the “root and branch review” of the business. Shares in U+I fell 5% on Wednesday morning as it reported a pre-tax loss of £86.7m in the year to April compared to a £58.6m loss the year before. The net asset value of its portfolio fell 30% to £202m. A series of disposals reduced debt to £72.1m, a gearing level of…

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Melanie Lewis

Shakespeare North names chief executive

Melanie Lewis has been appointed as the first permanent boss of the £27m Prescot theatre ahead of its opening in 2022. Lewis, who will start in the role in August, is currently an executive director with National Museums Liverpool, where she leads on commercial enterprises, visitor experience, strategy and planning. She has been with NML since 2012, joining the leadership team two years later. Max Steinberg, chair of operating body The Shakespeare North Trust, said: “The Shakespeare North Playhouse is a truly remarkable and special project and, as such, requires…

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