Park Life: how Manchester's new wave of green spaces will change the city

13th February 2018

Neal Allen-Burt and James Jones explore Manchester's growing need for green space with David Thame from Bisnow UK.

Manchester invented the modern public park in 1846, but today central Manchester is about as un-green as you can get and yet the need for space to breathe has never been greater.

With a population predicted to rise to as much as 625,000 by 2025 and around £20m being invested in new public park spaces in the city where will Manchester's green spaces come from, what will they look like and what effects could they have?

“Previously the architectural value of a development would have focused on the crown of a building — its towers, skyline, penthouse suites — but attention is now shifting towards the space at ground level and how publicly accessible realm can be designed and animated to maximise a development’s value, both commercially and socially,” says James Jones.

“The very concept of what we imagine an 'urban park' to be is being challenged. Instead of confining an urban park to the parameters of an individual plot, new urban parks should be seen as nodes on a route; a collection of urban spaces linked by a common DNA. But, let’s take this one step further: What if instead we looked at the whole city as a single urban park with developments within it?” added Neal Allen-Burt.

The full interview with James and Neal can be found here.

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