Streetscape enhancements including pedestrianisation, improved paving and better lighting are contributing to the wider regeneration of the Ancoats and New Islington areas of Manchester.
Streets communicate as well as connect. The way in which our streets and public spaces are configured, their materials and design, and the ways in which they are managed and maintained, sends signals about our values and aspirations. They communicate how we value the past, and how we wish to see the future.
The regeneration of Ancoats Urban Village, together with the rebuilding of New Islington, illustrates the potential for streets to spearhead economic and social aspirations. These adjoining neighbourhoods, two miles to the north east of Manchester city centre, have very different physical characteristics and constraints. In both a significant emphasis is being placed on developing innovative approaches to streetscapes to transform public perceptions and confidence in the transformation of urban areas.