Parks & Public Open Spaces

Burlington Street

The creation of a new entrance plaza to Manchester University Rylands Library is linked with the regeneration of the Burlington Street area within the University Precinct. Works to the new entrance include stone paving with stylish decorative banding & inset feature lighting, along with seating areas, screened cycle storage, ornamental lighting and raised planting beds.

ICI, Millennium Park, Runcorn, Cheshire: For ICI Chlor Chem.

This parkland area and visitor centre was created on the site of a redundant processing plant and disused Nissan huts at Runcorn works, as part of an environmental enhancement strategy for whole of the ICI facility. It was planned that the Visitor Centre and Parkland would be open to visitors to show the green side of ICI. The scheme developed from small scale environmental restoration project with approx £200,000 budget into a £2,500,000 parkland with a striking new landmark building, a new  natural stream, waterfalls and pools with seating areas, ornamental display gardens and woodlands. Formerly part of ICI this site was bought by Ineos Chlor in 2001, sadly this park was not opened for public access.

ICI Centenary Park, Runcorn

The creation of this Park was planned to celebrate the Centenary of ICI it was built on heavily contaminated site which necessitated mounding and separation membranes beneath all soil stratas. The main body of the park is planted with robust native species capable of withstanding potential chemical contamination and the effects of wind and salt due to its exposed location on the banks of the Mersey estuary. Other phases of the park included the removal of redundant buildings on the site boundary and their replacement with new boundary fencing and planting in association with a dynamic new entrance feature.

Quayside Walkway, Trafford Park

The creation of a pedestrian walkway along the Manchester Ship Canal sited on the original elevated grain wharf posed considerable loading constraints and led to a predominantly hard treatment with isolated raised planters. The striking hard landscape provides a setting for public art features and is a pedestrian route up to the New Imperial War Museum. This scheme now links with the bridge over the Ship Canal to the Lowry Museum and all the associated developments within Salford Quays.

Delph Gardens: The Saddleworth Trust

Preparation of draft proposals for the creation of a community garden in Delph Chapel Gardens. Designs included the creation of a raised performance platform for band performances during the famous annual Delph band contest along with the seating areas and garden areas. The scheme is awaiting funding to enable the project to proceed.