Graham starts work on Blackpool’s Houndshill expansion

Ground has been broken by the contractor at the Tower Street car park to mark the start of the shopping centre’s phase two extension. Graham’s start on site was enabled by three deals signed in February: the council’s acquisition of the car park, a lease agreement for a new 22,500 sq ft Wilko store and a deal with MMC Cinemas for a nine-screen, 40,500 sq ft multimedia cinema complex. The overall scheme has been facilitated by £5m of funding from the Government’s Covid-19 Getting Building Fund, following formal approval by…

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Arc & Co lends £12m on Isleworth residential scheme

Arc & Co has completed a £12m development loan with ME Developments and Octopus Real Estate to help fund a housing development in Isleworth The development, which is opposite Isleworth Station and the first major residential development in the area for 2 years, will provide more than 1,000 houses and apartments with a gross development value of more than £400m. A golden brick payment was payable on the affordable housing, which ME Developments has to exchange on prior to completion.The affordable housing sale has been agreed with L&Q. … visit…

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Abandoned 1920s cinema in Los Angeles becomes the new Apple Store

Tower Theatre was the first theatre in Los Angeles to be wired for showing motion pictures with sound, but it has been shut down since 1988. Foster + Partners worked with the technology company to renovate the historic building, which was originally designed by American architect S Charles Lee in 1927 in the baroque revival style. The renovation was made in a collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and expert preservationists. Inside, a grand entry hall designed in the style of Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera House, complete with bronze handrails and…

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