Ways of reviving the city centre to encourage people to use the environment again.
Manchester’s CBD initiatives
New city centre housing: 2500 new dwellings (partially funded: most were warehouses converted
The Metrolink: a tram system was added to the transport network in 1992, bringing commuters
and shoppers into the city centre from Bury in the north and Altrincham in the south.
Redevelopment of the Arndale Shopping Centre in the CBD after the IRA bomb in 1996 destroyed
a large part of the central area. This also includes a new transport interchange.
Outdoor café area and new paving areas with sculptures in Ann’s square.
Flagship redevelopment of a new Marks and Spencer store (the largest in the world when opened in
1999) and a new Selfridges store.
Re-imaging of Exchange Square area in the Millenium Quarter district of the CBD including URBIS
museum, bars, restaurants, street sculptures as well as Printworks, a US style urban
Redevelopment of the bus station and adjacent to Piccadilly Gardens to include new office
development and multiple mini water fountain features and seating.
Reurbanisation of Manchester City Centre
What changes are taking place in the city centre and how do these attract people
back to the area?
Developing specialist areas
Air conditioned shopping
Attractive open air
Developing new facilities
Leisure and entertainment
Restaurants and bars
Development of 24 hour
Limiting out of town/
Via planning process
Loft and warehouse
Redevelopment of derelict or
run down sites with high
quality apartment complexes.
Improving safety by:
Green areas and
Park and ride schemes
Careful pricing in car
parking to control
Higher profile by:
Themed events such as
Market team to
publicity such as street