Urban Edge brought in by developer Legal & General to overhaul city centre blighted by anti-social behaviour

Plans by Urban Edge Architecture to revamp Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens have gone in to the city council.

The area in the city centre is used by more than 300,000 people a week and under the plans developer Legal & General, which is drawing up the scheme with the city council, wants to make the space more family-friendly and deter anti-social behaviour.

It will involve replacing an existing pavilion with two new ones linked by a covered area of new public space for year-round use.

Family-themed restaurants will be built along with a new coffee shop while improved lighting and landscaping is also part of the plan which is expected to eventually see £10 million pumped into the area.

Council leader Richard Leese admitted Piccadilly Gardens needed an overhaul and added: “Piccadilly Gardens is a major thoroughfare used by hundreds of thousands of people a week and for all the debate it generates it remains a well-used public space. Clearly, though, there is potential for improvement and we look to ensure that this is achieved to deliver a welcoming and attractive destination in its own right.” 

A decision is expected before the end of the year.


Piccadilly Gardens

Family-friendly restaurants are planned