Manchester council to revamp Openshaw district
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Urban regeneration specialists Dransfield Properties are working in partnership with Manchester City Council and New East Manchester to transform the Openshaw district into a new mixed-use complex.

The £25m development in east Manchester will comprise a health club combined with a sports shop and a plaza featuring restaurants and public artwork as well as retail units and offices.

In addition, the council plans to build a £1.1m community sports facility on the site of the former St Peter’s High School in Higher Openshaw.

Sporting Edge -–- a name hosen by local young people – will comprise three external, floodlit, all-weather, five-aside football pitches. The existing sports hall will also be extended and refurbished.

The facility will provide cricket, basketball, rugby and badminton as well as a computer suite and meeting room.

Bramhall Construction will undertake the works, which will be completed by summer 2007.

Local voluntary organisation 4CT will manage the facility. Chief executive Claire Evans said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to develop and manage this facility for the local community. We will be working with local groups and sports teams to make the most of the refurbished building and to ensure it’s a sustainable community and sports facility for all generations.

Funding has been provided through a £600,000 grant from Barclays and the Football Foundation, together with £340,000 from east Manchester’s New Deal for Communities, £161,000 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £50,000 from Manchester City Council. Details: www.manchester.gov.uk

Photograph: School children from St Brigid’s RC Primary School at the site for the new Sporting Edge centre

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Urban regeneration specialists Dransfield Properties are working in partnership with Manchester City Council and New East Manchester to transform the Openshaw district into a new mixed-use complex.
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