L&G has submitted its planning application for £2m of improvements to Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, including the creation of new restaurants and the demolition of the unpopular feature wall.
The plans have been developed in partnership with Manchester City Council to improve the public gardens and create new covered public realm, as part of the redevelopment of the Pavilion building, which will provide seven units for restaurants and a coffee shop.
The plans include replacing the existing Pavilion and feature wall with two buildings, linked by a covered area of public space, improving lighting to deter anti-social behaviour, creating extra seating, adding soft landscaping, and relaying the pedestrian thoroughfares.
Manchester City Council’s executive committee endorsed the plans at a meeting in February.
Subject to planning, it is anticipated L&G will be start work in the first quarter of 2018 and the scheme would take 12 months to complete, with the improvements to the Gardens undertaken in phases over the 12 months to still provide public access.
Sir 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.”