Piccadilly Gardens has long reigned as Manchester’s biggest eyesore. From the hated Berlin Wall (which has now been partly demolished) to the complete lack of any actual garden-like features throughout the space, the city centre area has become the butt of many a joke.
But now, under new plans, Piccadilly Gardens appears to be facing a massive overhaul, which would see £25m worth of improvements made to both Piccadilly Gardens itself and its surrounding area.
Not only will the space benefit from some much-needed greenery (at long last!), but initial plans unveil that the concrete pavilion will be split into two sections with the canopy removed (opening it up a bit more and hopefully brightening things up a little!), and the two restaurants that reside within that space will be completely refurbished to fit in with the new designs.
If that wasn’t all, a new art installation made from LED lights, glass and metal will embellish the walls, making up a thread-like design that nods to Manchester’s cotton-rich heritage.
More new lighting around the space will also be added, which will hopefully help to deter crime in the area. Other plans are still under wraps, however, the Council has revealed that they have begun shortlisting urban design and landscape teams, meaning we could find out what’s planned for the gardens section really soon.
Council leader Bev Craig said: “Piccadilly Gardens is a busy and important place in the heart of our city, but we know that there is considerable scope to improve it.”
“We want to transform Piccadilly Gardens into an outstanding public space [that’s] welcoming, family-friendly and capable of hosting a wide range of events.”
Rob Codling – Senior Fund Manager at LGIMRA – added: “This project creates an excellent opportunity to increase the approachability of Piccadilly Gardens and make spending time there a more enjoyable experience for residents and visitors to the city.
“We are pleased to be moving these plans forward and to be engaging with local artists to start to create a public space that Manchester can be proud of.”