Cathedral Gardens has brought a vibrant yet relaxing green space to the heart of Manchester's new Millennium Quarter. Designed by BDP.
Started in 2000 and completed in 2002, it was funded by the Millennium Commission as part of a £42m regeneration of the area devastated by an IRA bomb in 1996.
The area is the mediaeval heart of the city and the scheme, which consists of a series of hard and soft landscaped spaces, tree planting, artwork and water features takes much of its inspiration from the history and archaeology of the site and its adjoining neighbours.
The client brief and design guidance for the gardens was developed by EDAW, the masterplanning team for the whole Millennium Quarter in consultation with Manchester City Council. Related elements of the Millennium Quarter were the provision of a formal civic space which has been created at Exchange Square outside the Corn Exchange, and a new building on the site of a former NCP car park located between Victoria Station Approach and Long Millgate. This has been developed in the form of the dramatic glass Urbis building, designed by Simpson Architects.