Shortlist revealed for Piccadilly Gardens competition
Fira Landscape, LDA Design, Ove Arup and Partners, Planit-IE, Studio Egret West, and West 8 have made the cut, with the ultimate winner set to be chosen in 2023.
Now that they have made the shortlist, the design teams have to develop a detailed concept design for the the10-acre space. The site includes not just Piccadilly Gardens itself, but also Mosley Street, Parker Street, part of Portland Street and part of Piccadilly.
According to the council: “The design brief envisages that Piccadilly will be a special place with a strong sense of identity, welcoming and uniquely Mancunian and allowing for the flexible hosting of events: a place for all, incorporating space where children can play, and one that is fully accessible.”
The council also stressed that the design must promote safety, be well-lit and have clear sightlines.
The designs must also retain the existing monuments, statues, tramlines, infrastructure and the Pavilion structure.
Concept designs are due this autumn. The council has already estimated that the construction cost for the project will be £25m.
“The area centred around Piccadilly Gardens has the potential to be an outstanding public space where people actively want to spend time, not just hurry through,” said Manchester City Council Leader Bev Craig.
“It can be a more welcoming gateway to the city, as well as a flexible and family-friendly events space.
“We know it isn’t fulfilling that role at the moment and are looking to bring forward design proposals which will herald significant improvements,” she continued. “The shortlisting of these six design teams brings us another step closer to realising that ambition.”
The competition is not the only new thing coming to Piccadilly Gardens. Legal & General submitted an application in February to improve the pavilion on the site.