Property round-up: Joshua Brooks; Sandstone Care Group; Regional Property Solutions; Pugh Auctions

Joshua Brooks
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Joshua Brooks, one of Manchester’s most adored clubbing institutions, is undergoing a £200,000 refurb.

The venue will officially re-open its doors tomorrow (July 23), playing host to techno heavyweight Darius Syrossian, followed by legendary House DJ Mark Knight on Saturday, July 24.

The property is currently undergoing a £200,000 revamp courtesy of new owners Jorge Meehan and Brian Murphy who, with more than 20 years of combined experience, will be turning their expert attention to breathing new life into Joshua Brooks, bringing the historic venue back to its former glory with an extensive ‘back to brick’ refit.

Jorge Meehan, managing director of Joshua Brooks and JBM Events, said: “We are so excited to reopen the doors to Joshua Brooks.

“When we found out it was no longer returning as a club, we felt compelled to take the project on so Manchester did not lose yet another clubbing institution.

“We have so much love for the space after running events there for over seven years, and we are so proud to be able to open up once again with the new additions of the kitchen, the terrace and, of course, some of the world’s finest DJ’s.”

By day, the venue’s revamped bar will be a home-from-home for the city’s workers. There is also the addition of an on-site food kitchen courtesy of ‘Cubanitos’. Well known at festivals across the country, this campervan turned food kitchen concept will be permanently parked up in Joshua Brooks, offering Cuban street food from 12pm-11 pm every day.

By night, the venue will be reviving the spirit of Manchester’s original basement party every weekend from 11pm-4am.

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Ribble Court Care Home

A new purpose-built luxury care home near Preston has opened and welcomed its first resident.

Ribble Court Care Home in Much Hoole is a new 53-bed home providing a mix of luxury residential care and specialist/complex nursing care. The home, the sixth in the Warrington-based Sandstone Care Group, will be creating up to 80 jobs when the home is fully occupied.

Manager Samantha Smith has welcomed the home’s first resident, Geoff Dunnings, 87, a retired local policeman. Samantha said: “We’re delighted that our new high quality, purpose built home is now open and that Geoff is our first resident.

“We’ve been enjoying his stories about living in the area, his love of golf, which he used to play at Penwortham Golf Course, and his life with his family. We’re looking forward to the home becoming an important part of the vibrant Much Hoole community.”

Ribble Court Care Home is the sixth home in the Sandstone Care portfolio. Other homes include Longridge Hall and Fleetwood Hall, both in Lancashire, St Helens Hall in Merseyside, The Oaks in Newtown, Wales and Oak Springs in Liverpool.

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Farrow House

Regional Property Solutions has been appointed by North Quays Business Park Executive Pension Plan to manage Farrow House, Atlantic Street, Broadheath, Altrincham.

The 5,300 sq ft two-storey mixed use building is fully let producing an income of £95,000 per annum.

Zenith Commercial Fleet Solutions occupies 4,000 sq ft of offices and bakery chain, Greggs, occupies 1,200 sq ft on the ground floor.

Daniel Lee, managing director, Regional Property Solutions, said: “The commercial management side of the business has inevitably been very busy during the COVID period.

“The increased activity in this sector has led to us adding just shy of 126,000 sq ft to the buildings and estates under our management umbrella with a rent roll in excess of £5m.”

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The public toilet block

A public toilet block in Weaverham, near Northwich, has been put up for sale by auction with a guide price of £10,000.

The council-owned building, next to the Esso petrol station in the town, will appear in auction house Pugh’s online sale in August.

The former public toilets are on a 1,700 sq ft site which auctioneers believe could be suitable for a range of alternative uses.

Pugh managing director, Paul Thompson, said: “We’ve had some interest in the site already and investors are continuing to display an appetite for new opportunities. It would be great to see this site put to an imaginative new use that would transform it into an asset to the local Weaverham community once again.

“Any change of use would require planning consent from Cheshire West and Chester Council, but there any number of possibilities for a new development in this thriving area.”

Bidding on the former toilets, and the other lots in Pugh’s online auction, opens on August 18, and closes the following day.

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