Pedestrianising surrounding roads, creating a performance space, and eliminating pinch points feature in Manchester Metropolitan University’s plan to overhaul the Oxford Road green space.
Approved by Manchester City Council this week, the 4.2-acre revamp is part of the university’s wider 10-year estate strategy that saw the arts and humanities building next to the park complete last year.
Elsewhere, the £35m school of digital arts is under construction, as are the institute of sport and the 161,500 sq ft science and engineering campus, both designed by BDP.
As well as All Saints Park, the public realm project includes several surrounding roads, Lower and Higher Ormond Street, Cavendish Street and Jenkinson Street.
Under the plans, designed by landscape architect Planit-IE, the surrounding roads are to be pedestrianised, expanding the area of public realm.
Additionally, the project features a number of improvements to the park itself.
An events space capable of hosting performances, food fairs, and pop-up markets is to be created at the centre of the park.
Pinch points, particularly fronting Oxford Road, are to be addressed by removing sections of the park wall to widen existing entrances or create new access points.
Of the existing 59 trees at the park three will be removed while a further 30 are to be planted, according to the plans.
Other improvements include new street furniture, lighting, and bins while the footpaths and areas of hardstanding are to be upgraded using high-quality materials.
Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant for the project.