VIDEO | Sneak peek of Castlefield Viaduct ‘sky park’ in Manchester
Get a taste of what to expect from the National Trust’s newest garden, which visitors can explore for themselves starting on 30 July, in the video above. The video begins with a timelapse of the construction, with the newest footage of the park starting around the 0:40 mark.
As seen in the video, more than 3,000 plants have transformed the grade two-listed Castlefield Viaduct into a lush oasis. MC Construction brought the garden to life under plans designed by Twelve Architects.
The £1.8m sky park will be open for 12 months and is 330-metres long. If it proves popular, and the estimated £25m required for funding can be secured, the park could become a permanent fixture in Manchester.
National Trust director-general Hilary McGrady voiced her excitement for the temporary park.
“What I love about this space is that it encapsulates so much of what the Trust’s work is about: opening up our shared heritage for everyone to enjoy, creating beautiful spaces and bringing people closer to nature,” she said.
“It’s about creating something new for the community, while also protecting an iconic piece of industrial history.
“We hope hundreds of people will visit and enjoy spending time in nature among the trees, shrubs and wildlife that is already starting to make this space its home,” McGrady continued.
“We’ll also be able to learn from this project and really start to understand more about what and how we can bring more green spaces and wildlife to thousands more people across the country in urban spaces.”
MC Construction group operations director Russ Forshaw said: “It has been a great pleasure partnering with National Trust and the key stakeholders involved in the project to transform the unused historic space into a green oasis, which will support the economic growth and social well-being of the local community of Castlefield and beyond.
“Regenerating the disused grade two-listed viaduct that has stood above the historic area of Castlefield for over 125 years has been no easy task. I am thrilled with the end result and I am incredibly proud of the team who have worked tirelessly over the past couple of months to bring National Trust’s vision to life.”
Visitors will need to book their visit to the Castlefield Viaduct in advance on the National Trust’s website. Tickets are free, but necessary as weight restrictions mean that only 100 guests can visit a day. Bookings can be made up to four weeks in advance.