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REVEALED: New £78m Arts & Theatre Space For Granada Studios

The Factory Manchester will sit at the heart of Allied London's major St John's Quarter development

Written by . Published on December 3rd 2014.


REVEALED: New £78m Arts & Theatre Space For Granada Studios
 

MAJOR news from Manchester City Council and Spinningfields developer Allied London as they unveil plans for The Factory Manchester - a new £78m arts space at the heart of the £1bn St John's Quarter regeneration scheme former Granada Studios.

The 13.5-acre former ITV-site was purchased in a joint venture between Allied London and Manchester City Council in 2013 for £26.5m.

“I am delighted to today give Government support to this major new cultural and theatrical space in Manchester. I have always said that culture is a key part of the Northern Powerhouse."

The Factory Manchester - which could open by 2019 - will be a 'unique large scale, ultra-flexible arts space' with standing capacity for 5000 people and the capability to transform into a 2200-seater theatre.

The cultural centre will also become the permanent home of the Manchester International Festival (MIF), which recently announced the first three shows of its 2015 summer festival.

Former Granada TV Studios siteFormer Granada TV Studios site

It is hoped that The Factory - named after Manchester's infamous Factory Records and the regions' industrial heritage - will help to provide a cultural counterbalance to London and establish Manchester as the country’s most important arts and cultural employment centre outside of the capital.

The Factory promises to be a large-scale, artist-led, hi-tech cultural space fit for the 21st century and 'capable of holding a MIF style performance every week, year on year'.

It has been estimated that within a decade The Factory will help create up to 2,300 full-time jobs and be contributing £134m a year to the local economy.

In October 2014 Allied London submitted their £1bn St John's Quarter masterplan to the Council's Executive, they included: 2500-3000 new flats and townhouses; 2 new hotels; 500-600,000 sq ft of creative workspace; 300-400,000 sq ft of new leisure buildings; and new green spaces.

In October 2014 Allied London revealed plans for the Manchester Grande - a 200-bed hotel and entertainment complexIn October 2014 Allied London revealed plans for the Manchester Grande - a 200-bed hotel and entertainment complex

The City Council made the Factory Manchester announcement after Chancellor George Osborne again reiterated today the need for a 'Northern Powerhouse' to rival London's thriving economy during his Autumn Statement.

Alongside the announcement of the new £78m culture project for Manchester, Osborne also announced the creation of a £250m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials Science in the city.

Osborne said: “I am delighted to today give Government support to this major new cultural and theatrical space in Manchester. I have always said that culture is a key part of the Northern Powerhouse. I think that the name that has been suggested is absolutely brilliant. The Factory is Mancunian to the core.”

This latest major cultural announcement for Manchester comes only days after HOME - the new £25m arts centre at the heart of the wider £500m First Street regeneration project - announced their May 2015 launch.

Granada site on the River Irwell (note Spinningfields in the bottom left)Granada site on the River Irwell (note Spinningfields in the bottom left)

St John's Quarter plansSt John's Quarter plans including five residential towers

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:

“Manchester has a thriving creative industries sector and culture plays a central role in our growth strategy. The arts are not just a major employer in their own right but help us to develop, attract and keep talented people and is a fundamental element of a city where people choose to live and work.

"The Factory Manchester will also feed the increasing demand for arts as the city continues to grow and provide a Northern base for those wanting to work in the creative industries to grow their skills.”

Michael Ingall, CEO of Allied London, said:

“The Factory Manchester will play a powerful part in the creation of St Johns. There will be several important complementary parts to this new neighbourhood and all these parts will come together to create a purpose and a soul, with culture, art and performance mixed with enterprise to create a very exciting place to be and to live and work.”

The Factory Manchester will be the new home of MIF - shown here in Albert Square in 2013The Factory Manchester will be the new home of MIF - shown here in Albert Square in 2013

Tom Bloxham MBE, Chair of Manchester International Festival (MIF), said:

“The Factory Manchester will be a new kind of large-scale venue comparable in scale to London's Coliseum connected to one side of a Tate Modern Turbine Hall-type structure. As well as providing a new home base for MIF, it will commission and welcome innovative works from companies and artists around the world."

"Like MIF, it will attract ground-breaking and pioneering works which might not otherwise come to the North of England, or even the UK, and the concept is in many ways born from MIF.  This is great news for MIF and for Manchester.”

More details on The Factory Manchester will be announced in early 2015. 

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

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

'The Factory' sounds much better than 'The Factory Manchester'!

EdwardDecember 3rd 2014.

The Factory is a 'Unique large scale, ultra-flexible arts space' with standing capacity for 5000' so a bit like an empty factory then? Could be good, could be crap. The Sir Henry Royce Institute sounds decent though. More of that please.

Alex24December 3rd 2014.

George Osborne statue for Manchester ;) ?

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AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

No

DarrenDecember 3rd 2014.

He does seem more interested in Manchester than anyone from the previous government.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

He does seem to be a great supporter of the city as a local MP. People need to put aside their petty party politics and come together to promote the city which can only be good for all. He may not have done enough to warrant a statue at the moment but a few more projects like this one and I could be persuaded..

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

He even insisted that Greater Manchester must have an "elected" mayor too - while all our local council leaders quite "shamelessly & arrogantly" thought they should be able to choose such a leader themselves. Yes a leader directly elected by the plebs, all very shocking eh you Labour lot?

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Yes, despite awful social politics, this Tory Government has done more than 13 years of Labour. Sad but true, that in the boom years the Westminister Labour Government failed the north so many times.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

No @ Anon 2 hrs ago (David). The mayoral model that Gideon wanted to impose on the city was rejected in favour of an elected leader and cabinet model. A much better and much more accountable model, better suited to Greater Manchester. www.theguardian.com/…/sir-richard-leese-elected-mayor-for-greater-manchester…

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

GO is electioneering. Let's rewind a bit. Within 24 hours of floating 'ideas' about HS3 he was announcing actual funding commitments for Crossrail 2 (a whopping 10bn of its 20bn cost). Of course gullible Tory fanboys had already fallen for his earlier PR stunt to realise what was going on. Let's just wait for the details of this and other less well publicised investments before getting ahead of ourselves shall we?

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Anon 2 hours ago - the elected leader and cabinet model was simply the compromise reached, after George insisted that the new GM leader should be elected by the voters of GM "and not" the existing 10 council leaders, as Sir Dickie was initially insisting upon. Your boss, Tricky Dickie, may now be wriggling about this compromise, but ask yourself why other local Labour politicians (Lisa Tandy etc) are coming on the media saying the Tories are IMPOSING an elected mayor on Greater Manchester.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

There may be an elected Mayor but the Mayor's cabinet will be the leaders of GM councils who have agreed to the mayor proposal but they have not asked us if we want one. So the Mayor is being imposed on us. I suspect a vote of the proposal would result in a rejection though I am personally in favour. There is not GM assembly (as in London) GGO is MP for Tatton in East Cheshire currently associated with the Combined Authority for GM. but presumably not included in these proposals

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

David (Anon 2 hrs ago), that's simply your spin on things to make the facts fit your own prejudices. Nice try though - not that you have any credibility anyway.

rinkydinkDecember 7th 2014.

I can't find anything to say that George Osborne has committed funds to Crossrail 2 - although he probably will. And I bet Londoners won't moan that "the money would be better spent on the NHS" or other such tripe

DavidDecember 7th 2014.

George Osbourne is a very shrewd politician.He wants to be Tory leader and his rival Boris Johnson is vulnerable when it comes to the north,considering his anti Liverpool comments and pro London attitude.In contrast Osbourne is shrewdly building up support in the north,which makes him much more electable than Boris Johnson and so a stronger leadership candidate .

rinkydinkDecember 7th 2014.

I don't vote but lean towards the Conservatives currently because the big issue is economics and they're best for the job. However, with Boris Johnson as their leader, surely they'd be unelectable. No-one outside of London in their right mind would vote for him. If at the same time Labour do what they should've done last time and bring back David Milliband as their leader, they'd walk it

AnonymousDecember 7th 2014.

You don't vote, Rinkydink? How very revealing. Despite your often outspoken posts you don't actually vote? Oh my!

rinkydinkDecember 7th 2014.

No. They're all corrupt. I'm with Russell Brand on this...! Anon that's the first time you've spoken to me without mentioning you know what. Gimboid's telling off worked...!

AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

Told off? So before Brand came along what's been your excuse for not voting?

AnonymousDecember 8th 2014.

People who don't vote have no right to complain.

EdwardDecember 8th 2014.

As uninspiring as politics has become, you can't have a democracy without it the vote. Voting is a right which has been fought for. People have died in this city for it .

Poster BoyDecember 3rd 2014.

So; like Academy 1, but bigger...?

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NopeDecember 3rd 2014.

Nope.

DarrenDecember 3rd 2014.

No.

NoDecember 3rd 2014.

Darren.

Calum McGDecember 3rd 2014.

No. Academy 1 is a total dump and should be demolished & rebuilt.

Ghostly TomDecember 3rd 2014.

Were Factory records 'infamous'? Surely not...

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Ghostly TomDecember 3rd 2014.

Great news about this development though...

Nick NameDecember 3rd 2014.

What does that mean exactly? Does it mean the label, the music it put out and the people involved are well known, as are some of the antics they got up to, as documented in various films and books? I'd agree with that, if that's what is meant.

Poster BoyDecember 3rd 2014.

The whole 'Factory' association is contrived fakery.

DarrenDecember 3rd 2014.

Is it fake and contrived to have a road or square named after someone who has had an impact on Manchester and the wider world? I think it's quite apt we have a Sir Matt Busby Way and the Lowry Hotel. Why shouldn't this be called Factory? It all ties in well imo.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

How can it be fakery when it's exactly what Mcr was about?

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Wasn't the Factory name originally copied from Andy Warhol's Factory in New York?

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

Factory records has been hugely influential in Manchester and still is. Warehouse Project? It defined an era, made Manchester cool and for that should be remembered and celebrated

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Lets do a Liverpool and name the airport after Noel Gallagher and have tours of Mark E Smiths house.

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

No because that's naff and very Liverpool. "We do things differently here..."

James SmithDecember 7th 2014.

"Wasn't the Factory name originally copied from Andy Warhol's Factory in New York?" Not quite, was influenced by, but they liked the idea of a sign saying 'Factory Opening' when Manchester was full of signs saying 'Factory Closing'.

J. RizzaDecember 3rd 2014.

Definitely sounds promising and if it backs up its claims, it should prove to be a key cultural space in Manchester and the North West. However final judgement has to be taken when it opens obviously

Ed GlinertDecember 3rd 2014.

We already have a great cultural centre in Campfield. It's called Coronation Street! This Factory: is it going to be a new building or a revamped job in the Grape Street Bonded Warehouse?

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EdwardDecember 3rd 2014.

Maybe it will be a new build but in the style of a Victorian factory with fake brick cladding and a plastic chimney.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

This development is of far greater cultural significance on the world stage than the Coronation Street set that only has limited appeal to some fans of the show. It cannot be considered a great cultural centre. By all means retain Coronation Street here or move it out to the Granada site in the Quays. But comparing the set to what is planned for here...well it doesn't compare does it?

Calum McGDecember 3rd 2014.

One would hope the Bonded Warehouse is reused. It's an amazing building.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

You can say everything has limited appeal, be it Elvis and The Beatles, Man United and Barcelona, they are still all hugely popular. The fact remains Coronation Street is the longest running soap opera in the world. It has been watched by millions for over 50 years. I'm not sure what the visitor numbers are up to at the minute but I bet it'll be close to 500,000 by the start of 2015. Those sort of numbers can't be ridiculed. And just to clarify, I don't watch it, but I see the pull it has.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

@calum I hope so as well, it doesn't say it will be, unless I've misread it, but it would make sense to use that building. As I remember there were huge spaces inside that would be perfect for huge art installations and theatrical productions.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

If we wanted as a city, we could probably turn Manchester into a huge Theme Park.. Imagine it.. A Coronation Street zone, Football zone (with museum), Industrial Heritage zone (MOSI) and a Music area with huge balloons in the shape of Tony Wilsons head imagine the number of visitors we would get! What are we waiting for?!

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Ed - the Corrie set isn't a cultural centre it's a TV set; bits of cardboard and Sellotape knocked up into fake houses sometime in early 80s. The real cultural capital is embodied in the broadcast output, the people that made it and the buildings that housed that creative energy i.e. Granada House and the studios.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Ta anon above, your knowledge about the Coronation Street set is lacking. As a bricklayer involved in building the set in 1980-83 I can assure you that it is NOT made of cardboard and Sellotape, it is a brick facade made with REAL bricks and mortar. You are showing your ignorance.

rinkydinkDecember 4th 2014.

Aren't the cobbles made out of egg cartons though?

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Actually Coronation Street was originally created by Neil Buchanan out of Papier Mache for an art project while studying in Manchester.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

But this will have a much stronger pull than Coronation Street could ever hope to have. The two can't be compared.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

It is obvious that Osborne already knows where the Northern Powerhouse is. Reference to everybody else is just window dressing. Manchester is continuing to accelerate from the rest. This is just more evidence of trying to close the North/South divide,by creating a megacity of the North,This has nothing to do with Liverpool,Leeds,Sheffield etc. There is no plan to even give the other cities any devolution if you read between the headlines and there was very little mention of this in today's statement. Great for Manchester and it's boroughs,not much cop for the rest.

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AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Sod em I say! Big up Manchester!

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

I hardly think that the opening of an arts centre has any bearing on megacity status. Stop running away with yourself. It's just an arts centre. But if there is to be a capital of the North then why not Manchester? Looks like the best man for the job as far as I can see

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

This is a far bigger proposition than just an arts centre.

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

Sorry I must have misread the headline. Oh no, I didn't...

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

That's because you don't understand the full implication of it. Try a little harder and you might get there eventually.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Rinkydink needs to read the entire article and not just the headline. Maybe they will understand it better then. 'Innovative works from companies and artists around the world'. Not just a bog standard arts centre then?

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

It's an arts centre. The rest is all huff and puff, hopes and dreams rubbish. You're so gullible

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

And it will not turn Manchester into London. One arts centre cannot achieve that goal

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

It's a good job rinkydink doesn't run the city, nothing would get done. Well I'll leave him/her to have the last word. It seems to be important to them to do that.

rinkydinkDecember 3rd 2014.

Goodnight darling xx

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Don't get too excited folks. All this plus HS2, HS3, a new Pennine road tunnel and better links between Manchester & Sheffield etc etc will all (most probably) get cancelled after next years election. Especially if Labour & Ed Balls end up in charge!!!

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

The sad fact is Labour supporters will probably still vote the same as they always have, even if it means the billions we would get in infrastructure gets taken away if they are in power. I really hope some of the sheeple have had their eyes opened to the fact that this government is actively pushing money and jobs to the north and becoming less London centric. This is what we all asked for and it looks like we can have it.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Danny Boyle must be the Mayor with Maxine Peake his deputy and Eric Cantona our Foreign Secretary. An assembly to be built in Salford Quays. Victoria Wood our Poet Laureate. It'l be like living in the Emerald City.

DavidDecember 3rd 2014.

Before I suggested the plans this site wrong and should be a musuem quarter and Joan shot me down and said timing was wrong and was too late and plans already announced and now suddenly a huge arts develipemt appears out of nowhere here.Why cannot we then have a major media musuem that could incorporate the Granada TV studios and the Coronation Street set as well?.Lets have something that has a critical mass of museums and art buildings like London has in Kensington.

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GimboidDecember 4th 2014.

What's your point David? A 'museum quarter' is not the same thing as what is proposed here. As I recall, Joan was responding to your misguided complaint that the site wasn't being used for the relocated Cornerhouse and Library Theatre, which again is not the same thing as is proposed now. As you always do, you are simply conjuring criticism and controversy out of thin air. I really do wonder about what motivates your desperate need to snipe.

rinkydinkDecember 4th 2014.

I think he's trying to amass a following of like minded people that will propel him into his rightful role as the new Mayor for Greater Manchester. Just imagine

Not that DavidDecember 5th 2014.

David....you ok hun?

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

I agree that Coronation street must be incorporated somehow within this plan,it would be ridiculous to leave out an institution that is solely our own. Love it or loathe it,it is the most famous television programme in the world and would bring millions to the city.

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AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

I think it's a long way down the list of 'most famous television programmes in the world.' I imagine the vast majority of the planet has never heard of it. It's hardly going to have wealthy Chinese, Japanese, American, German etc. tourists beating a path to our door is it? But a world class theatre/arts space will. Done properly this could be Manchester's South Bank/Lincoln Centre/Pompidou Centre.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Anon, Ridicule it all you want, but how many TV programmes can you name that have run for over 50 years? It's the longest running soap opera in the world and has been pulling in 15/20 million viewers for many a decade. It's as synonymous with Manchester as United, Oasis and the Hacienda. It's pulling in more paying visitors than any other attraction in the area and it's had enquiries from people far and wide about getting married there. It's part of our region, it's part of our heritage and it's a money spinner. It would be utterly ridiculous to do anything other than keep it and promote it, just like we should promote Factory. The more things we have the better as far as I'm concerned.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Didn't ridicule it. It can do that quite nicely all by itself without my help. I just pointed out that it's way down the list when considering the most famous TV show in the world. Billions of people will never have heard of it. Had a think about what might be the most famous TV show in the world and came up with 'Friends.' Apparently it's showing continuously around the clock across the planet and has been seen in most countries by now. And I didn't suggest get rid of it. Maybe Granada would like to move this money spinner to the Quays? I hear it's not staying here much longer.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

I hope the new centre houses the type of 'arts' which make money and not the type that need subsidy by the taxpayer. We don't need the type of economic regeneration of the BBC at Salford variety, which was essentially just a relocation of public sector jobs from a rich city to a poor one.

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AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Or from one booming city to another booming city...

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

It was extremely pleasing to see that Allied London had kept Granada House and the old studios in their St Johns masterplan. After all, these are by far the most important heritage asseats on the site. I do hope today's news doesn't jeapordise that.

EdwardDecember 3rd 2014.

A museum / gallery of popular culture would be good. And it could include the Corrie set. More enjoyable than the art you get elsewhere (Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas etc..) If I went to a gallery and saw this I don't think I would go again... www.whitechapelgallery.org/…/8f5713b7916bf5f0_sarah-lucas-3.jpg…

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AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Didn't they do that at URBIS? And it folded. I went once and never went again. ....full of old footballs and old shirts now I think.

Barry ShitpeasDecember 4th 2014.

It didn't 'fold', it was replaced. It was doing well before that happened.

EdwardDecember 4th 2014.

Bring back URBIS.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Doing so well it was 'replaced'? Successful institutions aren't replaced, they continue and go from strength to strength. It was bad and the replacement is little better. The only reason to go is to see the building which is a triumph.

EdwardDecember 4th 2014.

In your opinion.

EdwardDecember 4th 2014.

URBIS took a while to get going but was still popular and had some interesting exhibitions. Plus it was unique they were trying to offer something a bit different.

EdwardDecember 4th 2014.

Well done Manchester City Council for putting money into something decent.

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

though we had a Factory already in Charles Street. Is the name registered?

AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Who will run it?

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AnonymousDecember 3rd 2014.

Outside the Festival will it just be another Warehouse if it is to make money and not be subsidised?

Ed GlinertDecember 4th 2014.

What a thread! Sadly Manchester is not very good at preserving what it actually does well. Whatever one thinks of Coronation Street, it has been a huge success. The set - old and new - has always drawn huge custom when promoted, but Manchester wants to knock it down. The Free Trade Hall, a building created in homage to a magnificent political concept, invented in Manchester, but little of it remains, despite the beauty of the Radisson. We invented the passenger railway system but the modern-day transport bosses want to scrap the tiny bit of original track with steam engines that are on offer. There are countless more examples...

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Jonathan SchofieldDecember 4th 2014.

As a tour guide to Manchester and editor of this site this gloom is utterly unfounded. Some things we have lost which we shouldn't have but there is so much architectural beauty and so many wonderful buildings that survive. People just look around - and please understand the history too. The Free Trade Hall was gutted in WW2 with only two of the original walls remaining and they still remain.

GimboidDecember 4th 2014.

The blinkered attitudes of the above Anon and Ed, fixated on the negative, is sadly far too widespread in Manchester's commentariat. I wonder how it is possible to put together such lists and wilfully ignore any of the following: the hugely successful re-purposing of Manchester Central, the glorious of Central Library and the Town Hall Extension (Library Walk aside), the modernisation of Piccadilly and Victoria, any number of former mills and warehouses that have been adapted into homes and businesses, the extension of central Gallery, the preservation and conversion of Liverpool Street Station into MOSI, the Exchange Theatre.... Castlefield - the world's only urban heritage park! The refurbishment of Gorton Monastery, of Platt Hall, and Alexandra Park. The reopening of Albert Hall as an amazing concert hall. For people like you, the glass isn't even half-empty, it's completely empty, dropped on the floor and shattered. That reflects only your mindset, not reality. Get some perspective for heaven's sake. Ed - you're a terrible ambassador for the city.

GimboidDecember 4th 2014.

Correction - "the glorious refurbishment of Central Library..." Also there was an Anon comment moaning in a similar vein to Ed, which disappeared as I was replying.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Censorship and then spinning the usual line about all the wonderful development and how people should stop moaning represents typical response.

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

A man after my own heart. Scousers do a better job in preserving their cultural history. That pride is sadly lacking in Mancs. The Hacienda site made in to an estate agents and faceless flats.The fire station rotting away,the disgusting state of picc gardens.Tommy ducks bulldozed. The list is endless. Coronation street is by far the most famous television programme in the world. It has fans everywhere. Just cos you watch some obscure naff NORWEGIAN vampire saga with subtitles does not make the significance of CORRIE any less. This is just another example of a few superior types thinking that the masses are stupid cos they like to watch it. The subtleties of the writing in some episodes is utterly brilliant.

GimboidDecember 5th 2014.

The list is not bloody 'endless' and is far outweighed by the amazing buildings which ARE preserved, cherished and made good use of. People like you must be walking round with your eyes closed to see things so disproportionately. It's a bit of a joke to suggest Liverpool does a better job - they have a World Heritage Site, and it's one of the very few in the world considered to be actively threatened, thanks to the city council.

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

The Hacienda closed in 97, several years too late, and the building wasn't listed, nor should it have been. Plus Correh is not the world's most famous programme, it's not even Britain's most famous.

Kevin PeelDecember 4th 2014.

It is frustrating that on the one hand the Chancellor is cutting our budget to the bone and on the other giving us £78m for a new culture hub. Perhaps he could reflect on the brutal cuts we're having to make which could well impact on the council's ability to support our thriving cultural assets. That being said, there is no doubt that this is fantastic news for the city region and will secure our place as a global hub for the arts and culture.

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AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Current chancellor gives far more of a shit about Mcr than the Labour lot ever did ;)

James KayDecember 4th 2014.

He probably knows that Cllr Peel et al will blow it on some crackpot waste of money or treat themselves to some junket or other.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

I think the chancellor might have looked at what being Mayor of London has done for Boris Johnson and be eyeing up the job of Mayor of Greater Manchester for himself and why not?,he is much of an improvement on the local Labour leaders like Leese and Cliff Morris.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

The chancellor has cut spending to councils Kevin but would you like to guarantee Kevin that a future Labour government would not scrap the high speed rail from London to Manchester?.Of course you won't,we all know the record of the last Labour government which was to lavish spending on London while giving the crumbs to the northern cities that actually put them in power.A policy that not one local Labour MP resigned about,because they all have no loyalty to the North only to the party and themselves.

DarrenDecember 4th 2014.

Thanks to the previous Labour governments it’s now quicker for people to travel from London to Paris by train than it is for people to travel half that distance between Liverpool, Manchester and Hull! We have 100 year old infrastructure, 2nd hand trains that were deemed out of date for commuters in the south east. The fact remains the last lot were London centric and this lot see the need to have a powerful country not just a powerful capital city.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Londoners are very keen for train travel to take no more than two hours to Manchester...it sez 'ere.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Eurostar launched in 1994. The legislation for HS1 was passed in 1996. Which, unless i'm very much mistaken, was when the previous Conservative government were in power.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Kevin, we can only afford as big a government, national and local, as the wealth producing sector of the economy can support. Labour let government get out of control, it was fat and bloated, a contraction to a size that the country could afford was inevitable. We can't have what we can't afford. Labour, national and local, need to grasp this economic fact.

Not that DavidDecember 5th 2014.

James....maybe tickets to Alicia Keys?

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

Funny that we had 3 million for a walkway though isn't it Kev...

AnonymousDecember 5th 2014.

I think the Library Walk money was from a specific grant..

AnonymousDecember 6th 2014.

No, a grant is a gift. The library walk link has to be paid for.

Ed GlinertDecember 4th 2014.

As someone from London, who has devoted much of their life to Manchester, as a journalist, author and tour guide, I find this horror of criticism extraordinary. The only way to improve is to analyse, debate, criticise (where necessary) and learn. One of the main reasons why Manchester makes so many mistakes over the decades (Hulme, Piccadilly Gardens, Metrolink and now the planned demolition of Coronation Street) is that hardly anyone dares raise their head over the parapet to say "This is wrong and here's why." As a tour guide I have to start any tour of the city centre to visitors who don't know the city with an apology for the horrors that are Piccadilly Gardens - before I can show off the beauty of Lutyens's Midland Bank or Chetham's Audit Room. There is much room for improvement in Manchester and it will only improve if people are allowed to criticise. But anyone who dares criticise is ostracised and vilified.

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AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Yeah Ed, because no-one has ever criticised Piccadilly Gardens on this site, have they?

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Try telling that to the other card carrying Labour apologist,tour guide,you might bump into,who glories in the delight of a one party counci and is deaf to any ideas of political plurality when it comes to political figures featuring on this website.Leese has a more compliant local media than even the Chinese communist party have in Beijing.No doubt my views will be censored,told this's private website and should be grateful,from a man complains about the equally private Daily Mail not covering his chums demo at the last Tory conference in Manchester.But this is what passes for local journalism in this city these days.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

You are possibly the world's most boring person, David.

CabbageDecember 4th 2014.

This is a lifestyle and restaurants website, not a bloody newspaper of record. Also possibly Manchester's most deluded dullard.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

I might be boring but I might also be right and some truths need repeating.

CabbageDecember 4th 2014.

You're not, though. And therefore just pointless.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Whatever if I dullard there is always a home for them in Manchester council and their sycophantic supporters in the local media.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Zzzzzz

Not that DavidDecember 5th 2014.

David....you ok hun?

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

I like the fact that MIF doesn't have a home, and just pops up once every couple of years. However, there are still shocking numbers of people in this city who have never even heard of MIF, never mind attended any MIF events, so if this gets their bums on seats, great. But how is all this being paid for? Is it the money the NW will supposedly get from fracking? If so, I'm not sure it's worth the effort

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David BlakeDecember 4th 2014.

MIF HQ is currently Blackfriars House on Parsonage Gardens, Anon.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

...and that's a deal/sponsor/partnership with Bruntwood. Prior to MIF 13 they were above Room/Pretty Green at the top of King Street for a while. MIF is a charity. I don't know how they will fund permanancy in this future location. Perhaps they won't need a presence on Albert Square when they move either.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Good to see more high rises too planned on the site. Good news all round frankly

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Once built, I bet people will just call it the Factory and not Factory Manchester. The latter sounds weird.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Thank you for that David, you patronising arse.

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DavidDecember 4th 2014.

So sorry if I upset Labour council members or their chums,but I not only one who thinks you lot are useless and stopping this city becoming the great city that it deserves to be.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

To be fair Manchester's not doing too badly atm.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Labour are idiots

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

JS is stupid

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

I hate ManCon (which is why I am here all the time)

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

YOu are all wrong and I am right

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

My smile is a grimace. And I wake up angry. It's the only thing that makes me grimace! Winter is my fave time of year. The lack of sun enhance my hatred of everything and everyone.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Why don't I just fck off and sit in a room full of mirrors? Yes, then I could grimace all day long.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

I have no penis.

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DavidDecember 5th 2014.

Yes I do have one and it's big. Like the old ones, before Labour got involved and runined EVRYTHING. I know you are scared of me and my KNOB. That's why you resort to mockery. Look at you all, running scared from my massive KNOB which is bigger and better than yours. You fear my words - YOU FEAR MY KNOB. Listen to me, I am trying to make a serious point! Look at my KNOB! Your sleep walking into a mess! (Oops *you're) I chase you around Mancon (I HATE ManCon) waving my knob. I'm off to play with my KNOB but see you soon. Just need to recharge my hate then I'll be back.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Look another positive news story about this great city... hang on, let me tell you again; it's sh1t. I thought of it first. Labour are sh1t. Did I mention that I hate mancon? Has anyone replied to me? PLEASE VALIDATE MY EXISITENCE BY HAVING AN ARGUMENT WITH ME!

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

Mother never hugged me.

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

I take it as a compliment that you fear my words about the hopeless council that you resort to impersonation of me.Unfortunately your not very amusing when doing it. Since it upsets you so much I will carry on giving the Labour council and Leese the bashing they deserve.

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DavidDecember 4th 2014.

*you're. D'oh! I'm so stoooopid!

DavidDecember 4th 2014.

You certainly stupid enough to be a Labour council member.

GimboidDecember 4th 2014.

It takes a very self-regarding ego to mistake mockery for fear. No-one is scared of you - rather bemused, or at most mildly irritated.

DavidDecember 5th 2014.

Well there is nobody with a more self-regarding ego than Gimboid.Sorry if I don't rate your efforts at mockery very highly either.

GimboidDecember 5th 2014.

Sorry did you just say "I know what YOU are but what am I?" It really sounded like it. The argumentative capacity of an 8 year old.

GimboidDecember 5th 2014.

And amusing as the fake Davids are, they're not MY efforts. If it's not obvious by now, I'm not the only person on here who thinks you're worthy of ridicule.

Not that DavidDecember 5th 2014.

Fake David rules

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

Factory Manchester sounds odd. Not only that, but by giving it the name Factory to connect it to the record company, I do hope history then won't repeat itself and as a result Salford then turns up and ruins everything!

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