New buildings in Manchester – the good, the average and the ugly. A zoom tour with Jonathan Schofield.
Here’s a chance to go on a brilliant tour of Manchester with one of the north’s most successful and popular professional guides.
We had organised to go on a tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter with Jonathan in 2020 but had to cancel it so we are now doing it via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm.
It’s an opportunity to join Jonathan as he explores how this most dynamic of British cities has been transformed over the past 25 years. Manchester is now the tallest urban area outside London but are the buildings any good, will they last, are they to be admired or are they slums of the future? The tour will include a taste of exciting proposals for the city centre Mayfield area. Join this feisty and opinionated tour and decide for yourselves. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at: https://iso.zoom.us/j/94761758584?pwd=anlqZ0cxS2kwNDVYUFJxL1ViSU9Cdz09
The password is 891684
MARCH: Annual General Meeting
Online meeting, March 30 at 7pm.
You will have received papers for the AGM in the past week. I hope you will be able to join us – the meeting should not take more than an hour. Here are the details for logging in to the virtual meeting: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
‘How do we regenerate and attract people to towns like Huddersfield?’ will be the theme of a presentation by Nathan Cornish, Group Board Director of the regeneration company, Urban Splash. It will be given at the annual lecture organised by Huddersfield Civic Society and University of Huddersfield.
Since the early 1990s Urban Splash has created more than 5,000 new homes and 1.5 million sq ft of workspace in over 60 regeneration projects in towns and cities across England. In recent years it has also promoted design-led homes, including modular housing construction, in urban regeneration areas.
Nathan has been responsible for the delivery of schemes at Fort Dunlop and Rotunda in Birmingham, Park Hill estate in Sheffield and its ‘upside down’ houses in Salford. While still retaining responsibility for high profile developments at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth, and New Islington, Manchester his role now also includes overseeing the group’s £120m Investment portfolio.
Nathan has been with Urban Splash since 2002 and will look at what helps bring about successful regeneration and regrowth in industrial buildings and in towns such as Huddersfield. Why are some towns and cities successful in this but others not? What makes a building or a town centre somewhere that people want to come, live, work and enjoy? There will also be an opportunity to put your questions.
The lecture will be preceded by a short celebration of the 2021 centenary of the teaching of architecture in Huddersfield, led by Professor Adrian Pitts from the University's School of Art, Design and Architecture. This free event can be booked on Eventbrite.