The National Trust has lodged plans for a 20-month pilot scheme that will see part of the 1892 Manchester viaduct transformed into a public park.
A project team, lead by London-based Twelve Architects and Masterplanners, aims to convert half of the 330-metre Castlefield Viaduct into a park that could open next summer.
Under plans lodged this week, the park would feature:
- A welcome kiosk
- Three cycle loops
- A secret garden with modular planters and timber platforms
- A modular events space
- Interpretation boards informing visitors about the viaduct’s history
- Two compost toilets.
The majority of the grade two-listed viaduct will remain as it is now, demonstrating how an urban structure can be reclaimed by nature.
Vegetation that has flourished on the viaduct since it closed includes buddleia and wild strawberries.
The project has been likened to the High Line in New York and has been in the pipeline since 2012 when architect BDP drew up plans to repurpose the bridge.
Purcell is the heritage consultant and Arup is the structural engineer for the latest iteration of the project.
Built in 1892 and constructed by Heenan and Froude, the engineers who worked on Blackpool Tower, the viaduct was used until 1969 when Manchester Central Station closed.
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