University plans Oxford Road park
The University of Manchester has unveiled designs for a 4.5-acre park at its campus on Oxford Road, with the western end of Brunswick Street closed to cars and landscaped to become Brunswick Park.
The park would be the largest green space on the campus, and the proposals include tree planting, wildflower planting, seating areas, pedestrian and cycle paths.
Planit-IE has been appointed landscape architect, while WYG is providing civil, structural and highways advice. Appleyard & Trew is the cost consultant.
Closing part of Brunswick Street to traffic was planned as part of the Cross City bus corridor works to Oxford Road.
The street, which is lined on both sides by University buildings, will remain a public pedestrian and cycle route with improved pathways, providing a better connection between Oxford Road and Upper Brook Street and forming an important gateway to the campus.
The park would create a central space for large-scale campus events such as graduation and Welcome Week.
Consultation has taken place with Manchester City Council and the Brunswick ward whilst drawing up the proposals. Further community based consultation will be taking place in the near future.
Diana Hampson, director of estates and facilities at the University, said: “The University is transforming the campus through its £1bn campus masterplan and that includes a commitment to environmental sustainability by improving our green spaces and public realm. These proposals form a centrepiece of our vision and will create a heart of the University campus for staff, students, visitors and the local community to enjoy.”
Work on the Brunswick Park scheme is expected to start later this year, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.