The competition to redesign Piccadilly Gardens into ‘world-class space’ officially opens

Manchester City Council invites urban design and landscaping teams to submit plans to give Piccadilly Gardens a facelift.

It comes after a statement in July in which the council said it intended to hold a competition that could see the city center area completely over.

The first phase of this competition officially opened on Friday (October 29).

READ MORE: Manchester Council launches competition to design £ 25m renovation of Piccadilly Gardens and surrounding areas

The major plans to renovate the space, which also includes nearby Mosley Street, Parker Street and the part of Portland Street that runs alongside Piccadilly Gardens, will cost £ 25 million.

The project will cost £ 25 million
The project will cost £ 25 million

It follows many years of antisocial behavior that has plagued the city center.

Its location means it serves a unique range of functions, including as a main route through the city center, a transport hub, a space for markets and events, a meeting place and a green area.

The competition design has been shaped by views sought from more than 1,700 people and companies from Manchester.

It predicts that the gardens will become ‘a special place with a strong sense of identity’.

It also aims to be transformed into ‘a place for everyone that incorporates spaces where children can play and that full access and inclusivity will be integrated into the design process’.

Preserving a green area in the center of the city and planting to promote biodiversity and improve air quality are also part of the plans.

The design will preserve the existing listed monuments, statues, trams and infrastructure as well as the existing pavilion structure.

Designers have until the new year to express their interest
Designers have until the new year to express their interest

Sir Richard Leese, head of the Manchester City Council, said: “Our clear ambition is for the Piccadilly area to be a unique public open space – a place that people talk about for all the right reasons.

“It has enormous potential to be an inviting, flexible space that makes a positive contribution to Manchester’s life.

“The opening of this international design competition is an important step towards this ambition.

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We look forward to hearing from some ingenious designers and, once the winner has been selected, seeking further views from the public. “

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 January.

Next year, nominated candidates will be asked to prepare concept design proposals.

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