Working with client Chapter One Books, Pen Studios has showcased plans for an outdoor garden and seating space on Dale Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
The 4,000 sq ft plot of land is currently vacant; the landowner has leased the plot to the bookstore to create a landscaped area featuring extensive planting, seating for 80 people, a children’s play area, and a Victorian-style glasshouse, which could potentially house a florist.
Existing trees will be retained on the plot while further planting will be introduced throughout. The outdoor area will be open to the public, as well as residents of the apartments on the upper floors of Chatsworth House.
The area had previously been troubled with antisocial behaviour, and the area will now be made secure with fencing ahead of landscaping, which is due to complete around September this year. The scheme is being brought forward as a change-of-use planning application.
Architectural visualisation studio AV Frame has worked with Manchester-based architect Pen Studios to create the CGIs for the project.
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