Co-op Academy Showcase Cinema

Showcase Cinema demolition starts as school plans approved

A 92,000 sq ft secondary school is to be constructed on the site of the former cinema on Hyde Road after Manchester City Council gave the scheme the green light.  The Gorton school is to be operated by the Co-Op Academies’ Trust, which runs 25 education facilities in the North of England.  Contractor Sir Robert McAlpine is to build the 1,200-place facility, designed by Space Architects, and the school is due to open in time for the 2022/23 academic year.  Under plans lodged in January, there is to be a three-storey…

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Abbey Cinema Wavertree

Lidl scuppered by Abbey Cinema listing

The discount supermarket chain is being forced to rethink its plans for a store in Wavertree after Historic England slapped a grade two listing on a building the company planned to demolish.  Designed by architect Sir Alfred Ernest Shennan and built in the 1930s, Abbey Cinema on Church Road North was due to be demolished to make way for a 17,700 sq ft supermarket, part of Lidl’s £1.3bn nationwide expansion strategy.  However, Historic England has thrown a spanner in the works by listing the building, which was most recently used as a Co-op supermarket…

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former Abbey Cinema Wavertree – photo Wikimedia Commons

Merseyside: Lidl proposed for former Wavertree cinema 

The supermarket chain plans to open a store on the site of the former Abbey Cinema on Church Road North, part of its £1.3bn nationwide expansion strategy. The 17,700 sq ft Lidl store would be constructed opposite the Picton roundabout in Wavertree, in the footprint of the cinema building that would be demolished under the retailer’s proposals.  “It is simply not economically viable to restore the building and retain it as a supermarket,” Lidl said.  “We understand that the proposed demolition of the building may be disappointing to some people, however, we will invigorate the site…

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