Manchester City Council is set to appoint a lead designer in July to revise proposals for the revamp of Piccadilly Gardens, to include the demolition of the Tadeo Ando wall and the creation of a green wall facing the bus stops.
Pavilion leaseholder Legal & General withdrew a planning application for £2m of works to Piccadilly Gardens earlier this year. The proposals were submitted in 2017 and would have seen the existing Pavilion and separate feature wall replaced with two buildings, linked by a covered area of public space, alongside improved lighting to deter anti-social behaviour, extra seating, soft landscaping, and a re-lay of the pedestrian thoroughfares.
The application was pulled with the agreement of the council, who said it would commission a landscape architect to draw up fully-costed alternative proposals, which the council would fund.
In response to a Freedom of Information request asking for an update on the plans, the council said it remains committed to refurbishing the Gardens
“At this moment in time, this is our priority. We are in discussions with L&G, who hold a lease on the Pavilion, for the commercial units and the plans for the Gardens themselves.
“In July this year, a lead designer will be appointed to rework the scheme. The updated plans for Piccadilly Gardens will be subject to public consultation as part of the planning application process.
“A planning application will likely be submitted around the end of this year and we are looking to consult on the revised design for the Gardens in November 2019. The Council’s ambition for the Gardens is to see the demolition of the free-standing wall and the introduction of a green living wall on the rear wall of the Pavilion and facing the bus station.”
The Gardens are owned by the council, while Legal & General have a 250-year lease on the Pavilion, which will still see some improvement work.