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Manchester Confidential has moved

The city’s principal independent media group has moved to Spinningfields (round the corner from the MEN)

Published on September 1st 2009.


Manchester Confidential has moved

Manchester Confidential has moved.

We’ve all been put in The Tower of London.

Or rather we’ve moved into Quay House on Quay Street in Spinningfields. This sits next to the Opera House and is a darling sixties office block.

The building’s main claim to recent fame is it hosted ‘It Felt Like a Kiss’. This was a surreal drama set in fifties and sixties America for Manchester International Festival from which guests were chased by a man with a chainsaw. Memories of that should certainly make leaving the car park at night an experience.

We’ve got great views. In the new second floor office we have a grandstand vision of the big screen in Spinningfields (see picture). In fact we’re a mere ropewire away from the deckchairs down there and a Batman leap from coffee at Carluccios. Gordo from his office has a lovely vista of Beetham Tower and Ian Simpson’s flat. He can be jealous at leisure.

We’re also a stone’s throw away from the Manchester Evening News. We can't wait for them to invite us round for a drink to welcome us to the neighbourhood.

Other good news for us is that El Rincon, Manchester’s best tapas restaurant, run by that charming caballero Rafa is a snail’s crawl away. Even better, on our floor in Quay House, we have the Probation Service. This means Gordo won’t have too far to walk.

Since we're the top architectural resource in the city for the general reader we'd also like to say we're proud of our new building, it's got a proper Manchester pedigree. Built from 1964-5, it's a slick, modern design from the practice of Harry S Fairhurst and Son. This lot are still around and early in the twentieth century built some of Manchester's most famous structures such as Ship Canal House on King Street and Lancaster House, India House and Bridgewater House on Whitworth Street.

Of course we’re sad to leave the various drug dealers on Spear Street in the Northern Quarter. Who wouldn’t be? Grubby and foul-mouthed they’ve provided a great deal of entertainment (in observing them folks, not taking any of their product – heaven forfend). A leaving thought though: Manchester City Council should declare the lower end of Spear Street and its junction with Back Piccadilly an official public toilet and have done with it. The place stinks. After eighteen months in residency we’ll miss the people and businesses of the Northern Quarter but we won’t miss the piss.

As we move physically we’ll be moving on the tone of Confidential and the way it looks. We’re going to be more light-hearted and more serious at the same time: there’ll be more fun stuff, more quick hits and wry comment at city life but also more articles taking a serious look at what makes Manchester tick. It’s exciting times all round.

For the record anybody who wants to come and visit us in our new office please feel free to drop in at: Suite 2B, 2nd Floor, Quay House, Quay Street, City centre, M3 3JE. We’ll welcome you with open arms, a cheery grin and, if you’re an advertiser with a fat cheque, a cup of coffee and our very best range of cakes.

Finally we’d like to thank Mark Burgess and Fran Goddard of Spinningfields for oiling the wheels to facilitate the move.

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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Sean SmithSeptember 1st 2009.

What about the tales I hear of ManCon executives refusing to leave their cosy home lives in the N4Q for the far, frozen wastes of Spinningfields? Apparently the schools are rubbish and it's just impossible to buy foie gras. Hope you all got substantial relocation payments.

TheRevPSeptember 1st 2009.

Welcome to Spinningfields! It'll be nice to have some folks over this way with a spot of personality, something that's been a little lacking until now

mark mSeptember 1st 2009.

And i thought you were going to sunlight house, an awaesome building... however, rafas...... mmmmm

rosieSeptember 1st 2009.

well **** you then.i'm retracting the kisses

AnonymousSeptember 1st 2009.

"but it is one of its best-loved" of Spear Street by ManCon, Just as all the rats climbing the greasy pole they kick em down behind them.

mark mSeptember 1st 2009.

i am rosie************

mark mSeptember 1st 2009.

i am retarded....

Gordo Knows WhoSeptember 1st 2009.

Good luck in your new offices to Gordo et all. Long may you prosper

mark mSeptember 1st 2009.

no, i mean awaesome.xxx

DigSeptember 1st 2009.

Where was the fanfare when Liverpool Confidential moved offices from The Vanilla Factory to above Arkwrights?

GezzabelleSeptember 1st 2009.

It's the end of an era! Can't believe you've gone all corporate! I suppose it'll be back to RBG for beers on Friday nights now? Miss you all X

Cllr Mike AmesburySeptember 1st 2009.

Good luck in the new digs Manchester confidential!

Burt CodeineSeptember 1st 2009.

Wasn't this building condemned some time ago to make way for the 'final piece of the spinningfields jigsaw' - aka the Norman Foster Tower et al?Good luck in your new abode.

rosieSeptember 1st 2009.

do you mean awesome?xxxxxx

rosieSeptember 1st 2009.

arse

Ali McGowanSeptember 1st 2009.

Good luck in your new offices - and PLEASE, ManCon, don't change for the sake of it - I like you just the way you are :)

rosieSeptember 1st 2009.

at least you're not getting the word confused with "retardent"anymore

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