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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Team to explore Liverpool Playhouse refurb

Architects Haworth Tompkins will lead a multidisciplinary project team tasked with weighing up options to refurbish the 156-year-old theatre and protect it for generations to come. Haworth Tompkins will work alongside Liverpool-based architecture studio MGMA, theatre consultant Charcoalblue, landscape architect Layer Studio, and local engagement expert Placed, to draw up a capital feasibility study for a potential refurbishment. The team has been appointed by the Liverpool Playhouse in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region, and Liverpool Business Improvement District, following a competitive tender process that involved submitting early-stage…

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