New life as artistic hub for Birmingham’s Junction Works building

Work has begun to transform a run-down listed building in Birmingham into a new home for artists. Charity Grand Union, which runs a gallery and artist studios in the city, is working with landlord Homes England on the scheme to bring new life back to the grade II Junction Works complex in Digbeth. It has secured £500,000 from Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), a further £25,000 from developer Stoford and £150,000 of private funding for phase one of the works. This will see the front part of the building renovated to…

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Wigan planned town centre

Wigan Galleries overhaul takes a step forward

Developers Cityheart and BCEGI are seeking public feedback on their planned £135m revamp of the shopping centre, comprising 464 homes, a six-screen cinema and a150-bedroom hotel.  The joint venture, known as Galleries 25, was appointed to redevelop the 440,000 sqft town centre retail complex into a mixed-use scheme last year, as revealed by Place North West. Cityheart and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International beat off competition from regeneration specialists Muse Developments, and a partnership between Maple Grove Developments and Urban Splash to secure the Wigan job. The vision for the Galleries has been…

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Former New Pavilion Cinema and upcoming Regent Cinema

BAM starts Redcar cinema revamp

BAM Construction has started enabling works ahead of a £9.7m redevelopment of Redcar’s old beachfront picture house. The Regent Cinema, formerly the New Pavilion, has been a Redcar landmark for more than 100 years. Following its closure in 2018, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council developed a plan to rebuild the single screen cinema as a three-screen complex, with auditoria of 95, 54 and 35 seats.(*) The council’s aspiration is to get an independent operator who might occasionally show something other than superhero blockbusters. The two-storey building will feature a glass…

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