CGI of planned Old Trafford cricket ground

Old Trafford cricket ground plans approved

New stand approved for Old Trafford cricket ground Councillors have approved plans for a new 5,000 seat capacity stand at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester. Trafford Council’s planning and development management committee granted consent for the BDP-designed grandstand on Brian Statham Way in Manchester. Old Trafford hosts England cricket internationals as well as Lancashire fixtures in the County Championship Division One and – from this summer – Hundred outfit Manchester Originals. The approved project will increase the permanent capacity of the historic venue by more than 3,000 seats to…

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Architect image of proposed new Mercat shopping centre

Kirkcaldy looks back on planning decision that cost the town centre a cinema, bowling alley and hotel

Ten years ago, the battle for Kirkcaldy town centre saw two heavyweights with ambitious plans go head to head. In the red corner – McDonald Estates and a bid to turn the dilapidated site of the former B&Q into a supermarket In the blue corner, the owners of the Mercat Shopping Centre with plans for a massive expansion which included a hotel, cinema and leisure facilities. Both promised hundreds of jobs, but there was always only going to be room for one. And councillors’ decision to back the Invertiel development–…

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The Alnwick Playhouse, photo: Wikipedia

Northumberland Council supports local theatre and ‘community hub’

Alnwick Playhouse, one of the town’s most popular and well loved buildings has re-opened to the public following a £3.3m renovation. The Playhouse building has been converted and now houses a community hub with a cafe, library and visitor centre on the ground floor. The  bar and  gallery have also been refurbished and the auditorium rebuilt incorporating features such as hand rails and ample seated leg room. Northumberland County Council has contributed £2.5 million towards the cost of the work, with the Playhouse raising a further £800,000.  A grand opening weekend…

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