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Manchester Redevelopment

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Manchester Redevelopment

  1. 1. 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 into apartments)  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 entertainment centre.  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? Reviving the city centre Developing specialist areas Cultural quarters Flagship attractions Air conditioned shopping centres Specialist arcades Attractive open air markets. Developing new facilities Leisure and entertainment Restaurants and bars Development of 24 hour culture Limiting out of town/ suburban developments Via planning process Encouraging Re-urbanisation Loft and warehouse conversions Redevelopment of derelict or run down sites with high quality apartment complexes. Improving safety by: Pedestrianisation Green areas and street furniture Landscaping CCTV Improved public transport/car parking Shopper buses Tram network Transport interchanges Park and ride schemes Careful pricing in car parking to control congestion Higher profile by: Themed events such as Christmas markets Market team to coordinate publicity Promoting street publicity such as street cafes

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