The problematic fountain in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens is now flowing again, following a £400,000 programme of repair that began in September last year.
The broken machinery had to be lifted out and replaced, alongside major repairs to the fountain’s plant room, necessitating significant earth removal works to give access to the water feature’s system.
The main contractor was Henry Boot.
The reinforced concrete tank now has a water capacity of 70,000 litres, which feeds 15 pumps to power the 180 jets that eject water up to 6m into the air.
Each jet has two sets of LED lights, controlled by an underground system that allows the water above ground to be up lit in any combination of colours, which can be programmed for events.
Fencing currently remains around the fountains while the irrigation system is repaired and the grassed areas are re-turfed, before the area is completely open to the public in the spring.
Manchester City Council has been criticized by locals for a lack of care for Piccadilly Gardens.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesperson, said: “It would be easy to underestimate the massive scale of the repair project. We’ve had to dig more than 10m below the surface to remove the huge machinery hidden under the Gardens.
“We appreciate your patience while the work has been complete, but I know you will think it’s been worth the wait. The fountain is a huge draw in the city centre and it is fantastic to have it back.”