Manchester City Council

Building and Beer

Next week I'm going to return to those accounts of the seemingly endless and tedious sounding meetings I spend lots of time attending but today I have one of my more interesting regular meetings plus a very much lighter event (apart from the impact on my waistline).

First is the Design Review Board, something I attend in my role as design champion for the City Council and which looks at how we get the best in design quality, in value for money, and in learning environment out of the £hundreds of millions currently going into new and refurbished schools across the city. Today, amongst a number of items, we are having a look at progress at St.Agnes, the school built almost entirely out of timber, from sustainable sources of course, just one example of Council officers looking not only for new and better ways of doing things, but ways that save time and money as well.

Later it's the Manchester Food and Drink Festival down in Spinningfield and judging the beer competition, a task for which I believe I am eminently suited. Talking about Spinningfield, tomorrow the Civil Justice Centre is up for the country's premier architectural prize, the Stirling Prize. I have a special interest in this having been on the Jury that chose this design and design team but unfortunately I can't go to the Awards Ceremony because of other commitments. I will of course be keeping my fingers crossed for everybody involved the development of this fantastic and very functional structure and wishing them to bring the prize home.

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There are 2 responses to “Building and Beer”

  1. Alison A (LeftBank Appartment Resident) Says:

    The location of events on the green opposite LeftBank Appartments in Spinningfields is a noise nuisance for residents.
    We just about put up with the Food Festival for one week but the prospect of disruption from the ice rink with its 24/7 generator noise for 2 months is unacceptable. The opinions of LeftBank Apartment residents should have been more carefully considered before the Spinningfields location was approved.

  2. bicolouredpythonrocksnake Says:

    Buying or renting an apartment in the heart of Manchester and complaining about events and entertainments is every bit as daft as moving to the country and demanding that the council silence chickens or church bells. Maybe you don't really want what you thought you wanted, Alison.



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