Green light for overhaul of Manchester’s Roman Gardens
Site custodian Castlefield Forum has been granted approval to improve the “unloved area”.
Plans for the overhaul of Manchester’s Roman Gardens resurfaced in April, six years since proposals to improve the area were given the green light by Manchester City Council.
Now, the local council has signed off the scheme, paving the way for a package of improvements aimed at making the area more inviting.
Plans to revitalise the Roman Gardens – thought to be where the original settlement of Manchester sprang from around 2,000 years ago – come hot on the heels of another public realm project close by.
The 125-year-old Castlefield Viaduct was recently brought back into use as a garden and heritage attraction for the first time in 50 years.
The forum is working alongside design studio BDP to progress the Roman Gardens project.
A masterplan for the area was first unveiled in 2014. At the time, the forum, established in 2010, said it was “one of the saddest and most unloved areas” in Castlefield.
To learn more, search for application reference 136246/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.