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Watch our video of the River Medlock at the Mayfield Park construction site below.

VIDEO | River Medlock winds through Mayfield Park

Julia Hatmaker

A 365-metre stretch of the River Medlock can be found at the site, currently being transformed into Manchester’s first new park in 100 years.

Drone footage shot by Danny Williams follows the river as it makes its way through the construction site near Piccadilly Station. You can spot the starting of wetland planting, the rocks being used to both break up the river and help oxygenate it, and diggers getting an area ready for wildscaping.

Coming soon to the park is a collection 140 mature trees, including 12-metre tall Austrian Black Pines. The trees were grown across Europe and arrived in the UK earlier this month. They’re being nurtured by Specimen Trees in Knutsford and will be relocated to the park later this autumn.

Mayfield Park is set to open in autumn 2022.

The park is a key part of the wider 24-acre Mayfield development from the Mayfield Partnership, a public-private venture between regeneration specialist U+I, Manchester City Council, developer LCR and Transport for Greater Manchester.

When complete, Mayfield will boast 1,500 new homes, 1.6m sq ft of offices, 300,000 sq ft of retail and leisure facilities, and 11 acres of public realm.

The project team for Mayfield Park includes construction firm PP O’Connor, lead designer and structural engineer Civic Engineers, landscape architect Gillespies, architect Studio Egret West, and river engineer Buro Happold.

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Fantastic! So excited about this project

By Steve

So. As an outsider, where in Manchester (I assume) is this site?

By Hackette

That’ must be an interesting project to work on. Mayfield has been in the planning for so long it’s great to see some progress. It will be such a significant addition to Manchester in the years to come.

By Anonymous

Hi Hackette! I’ve updated the story to shed more light. It’s located near Piccadilly Station, by Baring Street

By Julia Hatmaker

With no main river feature to boast; Manchester’s unlikely to become another Canary Wharf; however parks and green spaces are desperately needed. This may be one of the missing jigsaw pieces, I think.

By Liverpool romance

I’m sure I remember this site being mooted for the great civil servant move north a few years back.? Be handy right next to Piccadilly station. It’s a site that’s been waiting a long time for development so good on them whatever they do.

By Anonymous

This is starting to look really good but I do hope there is a maintenance programme to keep the water clean and flowing once the park is open. So much of our built environment is marred by neglect once the newness wears off.

By MP3