Press 20.05.2021

Gillespies appointed as delivery landscape architect for Mayfield Park, Manchester

Gillespies is delighted to be appointed as the delivery landscape architect for the Mayfield Park project, Manchester’s highest-profile ‘landscape’ project, and the first new park to be built in the city centre for over 100 years.

In a Victorian city with limited city-centre green space, the new 6.5-acre park, designed by Studio Egret West (SEW) for The Mayfield Partnership, a public/private joint venture partnership between LCR Property, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and regeneration specialist U+I (U and I Group PLC), will completely transform the area, bringing nature and biodiversity right into the heart of the city.

The park forms the centrepiece of a new £1.4bn balanced, mixed-use urban neighbourhood being created in the heart of Manchester over the next 10 years. Located adjacent to Piccadilly Station, the park will be a magnet for visitors, designed to accommodate multiple users and uses, including a destination play space, wetlands and green spaces for relaxation, social events and cultural activities.

The park reveals the River Medlock, hidden beneath a concrete culvert for 50 years, that weaves its way through the park and includes new bio-engineered slopes.

Gillespies have been appointed to support the Contractor PP O’Connor Group and the delivery team, including Civic Engineers, Buro Happold, Project 4 and Studio Fractal. Importantly, we will be collaborating with SEW, who have been retained client-side in a design guardian role. The new park is scheduled for completion in 2022, and we are excited to support the construction design and delivery of this most important project in our home city.

Overall, Mayfield is set to transform a previously derelict part of Manchester’s industrial heritage to deliver 1,500 homes, 1.6m sq ft of market-leading commercial space, 300,000 sq ft of retail and leisure facilities and 14 acres of new public realm.

Images copyright of Studio Egret West (SEW)