Cathedral Gardens, Manchester

New green heart for the city.

We designed a series of themed lawns, trees, water features, artworks and hard landscape areas in the heart of Manchester’s Millennium Quarter.

Four distinct lawns feature soft rolling mounds, terraces and flowing plateaux with stepped walls, while English oaks, horse chestnuts and pines have been planted to create a miniature arboretum.

We used artworks to highlight the area’s archaeological heritage, stimulating exploration of the gardens through a ‘discovery trail’.

Water links all elements through a source pool, rill channel, finale pool and water jets shooting up to 7m high.

Brief

  • create a major open space in the city centre
  • include areas for quiet contemplation, play, gathering and performance
  • complement the city’s historic core and new Millennium Quarter

Results

  • safe, accessible, green oasis in the city centre
  • flexible, low-maintenance outdoor venue for events
  • awards include Civic Trust Special Award for Urban Design 2004, Environment Award 2002 and Manchester Civic Society Award 2002

Facts

Location: Manchester, UK
Client: Manchester Millennium Ltd
Construction cost: £4.4m
Construction period: 2000-2002
Awards: 4

Integrated services

landscape architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, lighting

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