Drawing showing what the finished Albert Square will look like. Credit: via Manchester City Council
The City Council’s project to increase the space, make new paving with granite paving and ultimately make the City Hall more accessible is broken.
Albert Square will grow by 20% according to the municipality’s plans, which were designed by landscape architect Planit-IE.
This is to be done by closing the roads on two sides of the square and turning them into pedestrian public spaces. When Adana Construction completes its work on the site, only the Princess Street side of the site will be open to traffic.
This will be the first phase of the project, which is expected to be completed next year. The entire project will be completed in 2024. It will ultimately increase safety in the area, remove the old concrete barrier, reduce clutter, improve lighting and provide better infrastructure for events. As an added bonus, the transformed square will also make City Hall more accessible and allow neighboring restaurants to arrange outdoor seating.
As part of the project, the surface of the site will be changed to granite paving with yorkstone paving around.
“Albert Square is the bourgeois heart of Manchester – a place where people gather to celebrate, socialize and commemorate,” said Cllr Bev Craig, deputy head of the council.
“These works will create a larger and more flexible event space, but also a more comfortable environment and cleaner air all year round,” Craig said. “We believe that when completed, the transformed Albert Square will be one of the finest areas of society in Europe, helping to create and support good jobs for the people of Manchester.”
Those behind the Tampopo Pan-Asian restaurant, which is located on the edge of the square, said they were “excited” about the space project.
“It will be a challenging phase for both companies and customers in the coming months, but we are all working to limit the impact of the works,” said CEO David Fox. “We look forward to the results of the work and to becoming an integral part of Albert Square’s future.”