Piccadilly gardens

Plans submitted for £2m Piccadilly Gardens transformation

LGIM Real Assets has submitted a planning application for a proposed £2m investment to upgrade Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester.

The plans have been developed in partnership with Manchester City Council and will transform the public space by making it more attractive and welcoming to families.

The Piccadilly Gardens plans include:

  • the redevelopment of the pavilion building by replacing it with two new pavilion buildings linked by a covered area that will provide seven units of commercial space for restaurants and a coffee outlet
  • improving lighting around the gardens to deter anti-social behavior and improve natural surveillance
  • creating extra seating throughout the gardens, adding extra ‘soft landscaping’ with new shrubs and plants, as well as raising the grassed areas and re-laying pedestrian thoroughfares.

Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "Piccadilly Gardens is a major thoroughfare used by hundreds of thousands of people a week and for all the debate it generates it remains a well-used public space.

“Clearly, though, there is potential for improvement and we look to ensure that this is achieved to deliver a welcoming and attractive destination in its own right."

Bill Hughes, head of LGIM Real Assets, said: “Through our partnership with Manchester City Council and our investment in Piccadilly Gardens, our aim is to create a better-used and more welcoming public space.

“L&G has a longstanding track record of working with progressive local authorities to bring forward regeneration and improvements to social infrastructure projects.

“We see Piccadilly Gardens as a prime example of this kind of collaboration in action.”

The proposals were discussed at a public consultation in December 2016 and there has been online feedback regarding the development.

This feedback was then presented to the council’s executive committee, who gave the go-ahead for plans to be developed and a planning application to be submitted.

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