Plans unveiled to transform Piccadilly Gardens

Plans unveiled to transform Piccadilly Gardens

Multi-million-pound plans to completely transform Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens have been unveiled.

Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets (L&G), in partnership with Manchester City Council, have revealed multi-million-pound plans to regenerate Piccadilly Gardens.

Piccadilly Gardens is a heavily-used key public space in Manchester city centre with a footfall of around 310,000 people a week – totalling 16 million people a year.

Under the proposals there would be £2m worth of investment in improvements to Piccadilly Gardens to make them more attractive and welcoming to families.

The garden improvements are part of a wider £10m investment by L&G which also includes plans to introduce family restaurants and a new coffee outlet.

The plans include:

  • Removing the existing Pavilion building and feature wall and replacing them with two new Pavilion buildings linked by a covered area of new public space for year-round use
  • Improving lighting and the design of the current Pavilion building and Gardens to deter anti-social behaviour and improve natural surveillance. Greater Manchester Police have been consulted on the design
  • Creating extra seating throughout the Gardens for public use
  • Introducing extra ‘soft landscaping’ including new shrubs and plants
  • Addressing damage to pavements and grass by raising the grassed areas and re-laying pedestrian thoroughfares
  • Bringing family-themed restaurants and a new coffee outlet to the new Pavilion buildings

The proposals come after Manchester City Council and L&G have been in discussions about creating an improved, safer and more attractive community environment at Piccadilly Gardens.

During these discussions, the council and L&G, taking into account public opinion, identified that the removal of the ‘wall’ and carefully targeted garden improvements would significantly improve the Gardens.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “For all the debate it has generated in recent years, Piccadilly Gardens remains an incredibly well-used public space.

“But we recognise that there are aspects which have proved unpopular and others where there is scope for improvement, including design improvements to deter anti-social behaviour and enhancing our own ongoing maintenance of the space.

“These proposals will provide both real and sustainable improvements which are compatible with Piccadilly Gardens’ role as a major thoroughfare used by hundreds of thousands of people a week as well as a destination where people can meet and relax.

“We believe the scheme which L&G have brought forward following detailed discussions with the council is a constructive response to all these considerations but are keen to engage with the public to get their thoughts on the proposals.”

 

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