The Membranes play Gorilla, Manchester. Photo - Wikimedia Commons

Two Manchester live music venues saved, to “lift economy”

The founder of Tokyo Industries, which acquired the leases of two popular Manchester venues that would have closed, told Place North West the live music industry will survive because there is no replacement for it, but urged the Government to support the sector following Covid-19.  “You can’t replace live music. You can stream it but it is not the same as being in front of a stage,” Aaron Mellor said. “It is vitally important that Government gets behind hospitality and music venues because, ultimately, we will be the rebirth of the economy.”  Last weekend,…

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Bolton shopping centre approved for conversion to hotel/commercial

The £250m mixed-use scheme on the site of the former Crompton Place Shopping Centre has won planning consent and will form part of the £1.5bn transformation of the town centre. Crompton Place includes a 110-bedroom hotel, 150 homes and 113,000 sq ft of office space, delivered by the Bolton Regeneration joint venture between construction firm Beijing Construction Engineering Group International and regeneration specialist Midia. Designed by architect Chapman Taylor, the project will also see an extensive redesign of public realm, with large areas pedestrianised. A mixed-use retail, leisure, dining and…

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Sports bar concept planned for central Manchester

Arc Inspirations, which owns the Banyan and Manahatta brands, plans to open the fourth branch of its Box Bar concept in an 8,000 sq ft unit in the recently completed 125 Deansgate, a 117,000 sq ft mixed-use building in Manchester.   Spread across the ground and first floor of a unit that fronts Brazennose Street, the city centre site marks the sports bar brand’s first venture outside Leeds, where three of its sites are already operational.  On Deansgate, the main bar will be located on the ground floor, according to the planning application submitted to Manchester City…

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