Manchester approves Piccadilly Gardens pavilion revamp
Legal & General will be getting rid of the connecting roof between the two pavilions and adding an art installation to the southern concrete wall to liven up the space.
Plans to transform the pavilion were submitted in February. Manchester Council issued its approval of the plans on Wednesday.
Acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed the current pavilion. That structure “does not contribute positively to local townscape, suffers from poor natural surveillance and accessibility and permeability are constrained”, according to a planning statement from Savills.
To remedy these problems, L&G will introduce soffit lighting to the perimeter of the pavilion, and extend paving to connect the pathways around it.
By removing the central roof section and effectively separating the two pavilions, L&G hopes to improve access to Piccadilly Gardens while also reducing anti-social behaviour by enhancing the visibility and lighting situation.
“The overall effect will be to create a more legible, safer and attractive route for pedestrians,” according to Savills.
Greater Manchester Police endorsed the plans.
The new design and artwork are the brainchild of local artists SpaceInvader Design, Lazerian and Artin.
The pavilion revamp is separate from Manchester City Council’s own competition to redesign Piccadilly Gardens itself. The shortlist for that competition was revealed in March, with the six chosen design teams set to reveal their concepts this autumn.
Want to learn more about the scheme? The application’s reference number with Manchester City Council is 132578/FO/2021.