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  • The double-decker used by Tinie Tempah and Mumford & Sons will provide 14 beds all year round to Manchester's homeless.

    A pioneering initiative to transform a double-decker tour bus into temporary accommodation for the homeless is set to be launched in Manchester.

    The vehicle – used by big names in the music industry including Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah, David Guetta and Mumford & Sons – will have a second life as accommodation with 14 beds, two lounges and a kitchen, as well as storage space.

    By providing beds all year round it will offer 5,110 nights’ sleep for the homeless over the first year.

    It is the idea of former youth worker Sid Williams and his wife Tess.

    They have set up Stockport-based charity Embassy, which takes delivery of the bus in Junes, to bridge the gap for Greater Manchester’s homeless while they seek secure permanent accommodation.

    Guests will be referred by partner agencies to the bus, which will be parked securely overnight at Manchester City Mission.

    It will be fully managed and staffed, with the aim to tap into a network of Manchester businesses who could offer full time employment during their stay.

    The bus will be parked at Stagecoach’s depot during the day with the bus company offering this service free of charge.

    The first vehicle will cater specifically for vulnerable men with the hope that more vehicles could be brought into the fleet subject to funding.

    Sid said: "A safe place to sleep and rest is the most basic of needs, but many people who find themselves homeless have been deprived of that. You can’t face the process of finding a permanent home when you are exhausted and living hour to hour.

    "The bus is a quick way to provide safe and comfortable beds, adding to the city’s provision. Once people are there, they’ll be able to make useful connections with agencies, businesses and churches who could change their future, providing support into permanent homes and full-time employment."

    Capital&Centric, a property and regeneration business, has donated half of the money needed to buy the vehicle and is backing the charity in its fundraising drive to cover the £100,000-per-year running costs.

    Tim Heatley, Capital&Centric co-founder and chair of Andy Burnham’s Business Network for the Homeless, said: "We need pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to helping our homeless and rough sleepers. When Sid set out his vision for the Embassy bus project we were sold, we knew we had to get behind it.

    "Businesses have a role to play in seeking out these creative ideas and making them happen. I’ll be encouraging that as part of the Business Network, but I’m leading by example with my own business, putting our hand in our pocket.

    "The bus will become a lifeline for those in the city that need rest, support and a route back into a community that cares."

  • Today it’s a derelict hulk – but these newly-released pictures show what life was once like inside the stunning Littlewoods Building in Edge Lane.

    The building has been empty for years, but owner Capital & Centric is now planning to turn it into a film and TV production centre.

    It was opened in 1938 by Littlewood Pools and once housed thousands of workers checking millions of pools coupons.

    Ahead of its transformation, Capital & Centric is trying to prepare a “people’s history” of the building and those who worked there.

    It’s already compiled some pictures, including these here from the National Football Museum.

    Now developer John Moffat of Capital & Centric is appealing for anyone who worked or visited the site to share their memories of the famous building.

    The building was home to Littlewoods and sister businesses from 1938 until the mid-90s.

    It also played a key role in Britain’s war effort, with the factory producing parts for aircraft including Wellington and Lancaster bombers.

    Mr Moffat says he wants to see people’s stories, photographs and mementos from the building.

    He said: “When people find out we’re the team behind Littlewoods Studios, everyone stops to tell us their own unique memories. The building, quite rightly, holds a special place in a lot of hearts across the city.

    “We’re giving the building a new life, transforming it into a hub for film and TV that will be known around the world. But it’s just as important to us that we recognise its rich heritage as well as looking to a bright future.

    “I hope people take up the challenge to tell us their stories … the quirkier the better. We’re looking to weave these memories into our work to bring the building back into use for generations to come. We’ve already had some great memories shared with us, but we want far more.”

    Capital & Centric is working with Liverpool council to turn the building and the area around it into the “Pinewood of the North”.

    New studios could be built on land next to the old building, while the 1930s landmark itself would house supporting staff, potentially including technicians and set designers.

    * Anyone who wants to get in touch with Capital & Centric should email

    You can also send a letter – no stamp required – to:

    Littlewoods Memories


    Sevendale House,

    5-7 Dale Street,


    M1 1JA

  • Main contractor Artez has started work at Crusader Mill for developer Capital & Centric, the news coming as the developer announced a further site acquisition at Adair Street, increasing its investment in Manchester’s East Village regeneration area.

    The £50m Crusader project will see the 1830s grade two-listed building converted to loft apartments for owner occupiers, and will be the first new project to reach completion in the East Village, now being promoted as a key gateway as HS2 plans increase in substance. East Village forms part of the wider Piccadilly strategic regeneration framework being promoted by Manchester City Council.

    C&C has also announced the acquisition of a 0.25-acre brownfield plot at the junction of Adair Street and Great Ancoats Street. It is understood to have paid around £2m to a private owner for the site.

    Architect Allies & Morrison, the firm behind London’s Kings Cross masterplan, has released a new CGI of the East Village, which with its proximity to the HS2 part of the proposed Piccadilly station changes is one of the city’s biggest opportunities, according to C&C.

    Co-founder Adam Higgins said: “We’ve championed the potential of the East Village for years and are the first to invest in this emerging district. It means our Crusader residents will blaze the trail for a new wave of city dwellers who’ll call the East Village home.

    “It’s always been a quirk of Manchester that despite an amazing location right next to Piccadilly, it’s remained unloved and its potential untapped.  We’re doing something about that.

    “This is ultimately the HS2 gateway to the city and is already many people’s first impression of Manchester coming in by train. Crusader will be an awesome first development in the East Village but we need other developers to follow suit and create inspiring architecture with life and soul rather than simply designing by spreadsheet. Let’s create a proper community.

    “This district will have some of the best connectivity in the city, the experience of living and working there should match.”

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