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St Peter's Square transformation

The council's got big plans for the 'Civic Quarter'

Published on February 2nd 2010.

St Peter's Square transformation

St Peter's Square is to be transformed as part of a £165m project to improve services and public spaces in and around the Town Hall, the Town Hall Extension and Central Library.

The scheme for St Peter’s Square will feature elements of public art, potentially including a contemporary memorial to the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.

The square is currently a hotpotch of bus lanes, tram lines, monuments, and open spaces, with little harmony between the different elements. It is home to some of the city's finest public buildings and is a major gateway to the city centre thanks to the Metrolink stop. However, it far from reaches its potential as a public space. The council rightly thinks that it needs significant enhancement.

The Town Hall has put out a notice calling for formal expressions of interest from design teams with a track record in public realm designs. Six bidders will be shortlisted by April and invited to participate in the full design competition. The appointment of the successful design team will be made by October 2010.

St Peter's Square by Michael Gutteridge (michaelgutteridge.com)

The design brief also includes Library Walk, the curved walkway which runs between the Town Hall extension and Central Library. The scheme for St Peter’s Square will feature elements of public art, potentially including a contemporary memorial to the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. The Cenotaph will not be affected by the redesign.

The council sees the redevelopment of the square as an opportunity to drive economic growth in the Oxford Road corridor. The transformed square will be the focus for developments at Elisabeth House (click here), the former Odeon Cinema and other nearby properties.

Councillor Bernard Priest, Manchester City Council’s executive member for finance and human resources, said: “This competition is the perfect opportunity to underline Manchester’s growing international status by providing an example of the very best in civic architecture. There’s sure to be considerable interest in this competition and we look forward to selecting a truly world-class design.”

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AgricolaFebruary 3rd 2010.

Put the plans as soon as you get them please

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2010.

How many busy key pressing Manchester bees will they hold in the hives? Surely it will be a car park to serve the two hugh office buildings on the Elizabeth House and Odeon sites.

BusbyFebruary 7th 2010.

I think they should follow the design on the picture here. Great for coming into town on Sunday morning.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2010.

The answer is a garden with trees, to meet both planners a residents demands for more greenery in the City Centre but the jerclarks rule!

GimboidMarch 19th 2012.

UPDATE: Today and tomorrow MCC are holding a consultation on the two final proposals: menmedia.co.uk/…/1488737_final-design-visions-for-st-peters-square-in-manchester-go-on-public-display…

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