Contractor appointed as Debenhams office conversion advances

AM Alpha has hired Russell WBHO to convert the historic Rylands building in Manchester into 300,000 sq ft of workspace, having opted not to sell the Market Street property.  The German investor bought the former Debenhams department store for £87m in 2017 and won planning approval to redevelop it in January 2021.  AM Alpha then put the grade two-listed property up for sale but no buyer emerged, prompting the investor to pull the trigger on the approved scheme.  Russell WBHO has been appointed to deliver the redevelopment project as approved,…

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Film studios planned for Stockport Debenhams

The 90,000 sq ft former department store in the town centre is to be converted while the council waits to find out if the government will support its plans to build a £500m hospital on the site.  In June, Stockport Council sought cabinet approval to push ahead with plans to convert the Debenhams building and let it out.   Specifics on how the building would be used were not shared at that time. However, a report to the authority’s economy and regeneration committee now provides fresh details on the planned meanwhile use.  “The proposed…

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Brand new cinema, bowling alley and restaurant complex set to open in Bridgwater

The state-of-the-art project costs £16m. A £16m regeneration project in the heart of Bridgwater town centre will finally open its doors to the public during the October half term. Sedgemoor District Council and its contractor Willmott Dixon has been working to deliver the Northgate Yard complex on Mount Street, which will see a new cinema, bowling alley, restaurants and green space delivered on the former car park near the town’s Celebration Mile. The brand new cinema (operated by Scott Cinemas) and the improved Brewery Field park and children’s play area will officially open…

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