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PROPERTY UK leisure property sector ‘remains resilient’

A new £9m leisure centre developed by Manchester City Council alongside Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) and Sport England has opened its doors. East Manchester Leisure Centre sits

within the Etihad Campus, which includes the City Football Academy – MCFC’s new youth development and training centre – and is part of the ongoing long-term regeneration of east Manchester. One third of the funding for the centre came from the council, with a third also from MCFC and a final third from Sport England. Part of the wider Beswick Community

Reporting Te centre’s 70-station gym features Technogym equipment

Hub, the GLL-operated site is one of three new leisure centres planned for Manchester, with another facility opening at Hough End in spring 2015 and construction due to start on Arcadia in Levenshulme this month. Designed by architecture firm AHR, East

Manchester Leisure Centre features a 35x21m community pool with a moveable floor which

allows for depth adjustments. Tere is also a 70-station gym and dance studio, as well as a number of grass sports pitches outside. “East Manchester Leisure Centre will pro-

vide opportunities for the community that haven’t been available in the area before,” said Pete Bradshaw, head of corporate responsi- bility at MCFC. Details:

Kier lands £25m museum contract

St Fagans National History Museum – Wales’ most popular heritage attraction – has named Kier Group as lead-developer for a £25m renovation of the site. With funding from the

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Welsh government, the Cardiff museum has started on the makeover, which will include both new build and refurbishment work. A new £16m sustainable

building – designed by lead architecture practice Purcell – will be built in the on-site woodland, celebrating the skills of craſtsmen past and present, dating back to 230,000BC. Te museum’s main building will be trans-

Te museum revamp is expected to be complete by 2017

of a new entrance area for the museum, as well as a restaurant and catering facilities. “Te complete redevelopment of the main

formed during the project, with the construction of new galleries, learning areas and visitor facil- ities to be completed by 2017. Kier will also construct a covered atrium that will form part

building and construction of a multi-purpose sustainable building will be key to our vision of a new St Fagan’s,” said museum head Bethan Lewis. Details:

London’s ‘Gherkin’ building purchased for £700m

London’s Gherkin skyscraper has been bought by Brazilian billionaire Joseph Safra for £700m. Te Foster & Parners-designed building,

first opened in 2004 and standing 180m (590ſt) high, was acquired by the Safra Group, owned by Safra. Officially known as 30 St Mary Axe,


Te Gherkin won the RIBA Sterling Prize in 2004 and was last sold in 2006 for a fee of £600m. Leisure facilities include a restaurant and lounge bar with a 360-degree panoramic view of London, plus a wine bar and second restaurant. Details:

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