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The view from Manchester in 2011

January is here, and with it a wealth of opportunities. Our marriage of serviced apartment and luxury hotel offers one of the finest hotels in Manchester, the perfect destination for a short break. And there are a multitude of new reasons to visit on the horizon.

2011 is set to be a year of upheaval, as change begins to take place once again. Back in 1997 major public realm redevelopments began following the devastating IRA bomb, and since then areas like Exchange Square and Piccadilly Gardens have been introduced and improved upon respectively. Now a further batch of major facelifts is about to begin.

Over the next couple of months Manchester City Council will finally unveil the winner of its international competition to re-design St Peter’s Square. The works will run alongside those currently taking place in the Town Hall and Central Library. Once complete the area will be amongst the most illustrious in the city centre, in keeping with the swathes of history the site is steeped in.

As their old stage has closed, the Library Theatre Company (LTC) will now be taking up residence in Salford’s award winning Lowry Arts Centre- a short tram ride from town and well worth the visit. Meanwhile, close to Oxford Road, First Street will see a huge project get underway as a stunning theatre, performance space and cinema complex looks to offer the Cornerhouse Gallery and LTC new homes from 2014.

At the other end of town the skyline is coming back to life with cranes too. Just ask those arriving by train, who may have already seen signs that the Co-Operative’s new landmark, 16-storey HQ is gradually beginning to take shape. Nearby Victoria Station will finally get the investment it needs, returning this wonderfully British transport hub to its former glory with the aid of some £750 million. And the long awaited Metrolink tramway extensions will also begin to open this year, meaning adventurous visitors can access lively suburbs like Chorlton-cum-Hardy with greater ease.

As you can see it’s going to be quite a year, as Manchester’s energetic pace refuses to slow. Everything points to an ongoing belief in using the city for business and leisure. So why not find out why. Roomzzz Aparthotel is on the doorstep of countless theatres, conference centres and more, providing an ideal home from home to use as a base while you’re in town. And because we’re not passing the VAT increase on to you, it’s hard to find an excuse not to get yourself here.


(C) Image Stanley Walker

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