Sky park planned for Manchester Central

Michael Hunt

Ian Simpson Architects has revealed plans for a sky park to be built at the rear of Manchester Central, which was formerly the G-Mex.

The plans were shown in a presentation by the architect practice at MIPIM last week and the proposals have the backing of the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority.

Manchester Central sky parkThe presentation showed a first floor park, which looks south over the city, and a new station with three tracks taking trams out to Media City UK in Salford and to the airport, as well as across Manchester.

A new glass bridge, linking Deansgate station and improved pedestrian access from the tram stop into the city, is also planned.

Funding is likely to come from a mix of public and private funding and the new station could be open by 2014.

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All looks very groovy but, and you call me old fashioned here, couldn’t they have greened the pavements and streetscape underneath for slightly less dosh? Maybe with a bit of decent lighting thrown in for good measure? Some decent-sized street trees?

That said, if there’s a cycle lane included in the package though, I’m on board.

By Steve Connor

I agree with Steve on this. The phrase ‘park’ has a suggestion of a certain amount of green space. Also, without wanting to sound too critical, it doesnt strike me as a usable / programmable space, rather a ‘left over’ space. Surely a certain amount of ‘sense of purpose’ could have been created?

By I B Interested

I disagree a modern city needs some features that draw attention and stand out this will be oustanding

By Derek Astbury