Published: 7th Mar 2019

Manchester City Council has announced that it plans to embark upon a huge redesign of the city’s Piccadilly Gardens. The council’s ideas for overhauling the public square include improved lighting and design, relaying pedestrian routes and transforming its concrete pavilion into a green ‘living wall’. The council’s plans emerged as pension fund Legal & General – which owns a 250-year lease over the pavilion – withdrew its plans to develop it into a new set of restaurants for financial reasons. The council will now commission landscape architects to draw up designs for its alternative improvements, which will be subject to public consultation over the summer. Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: ‘We know that people have strong views about the need for improvements to Piccadilly Gardens. Indeed after begging the Gardens was the issue which was most raised in last year’s city centre review. ‘We are determined … (To read the full article, subscribe below)