Plans for a new park that would form the central focal point of a mixed-use revival of the Mayfield site in central Manchester have gone on display.
The former railway station and depot, which stands adjacent to Piccadilly Station, has been derelict since it closed in the 1970s, but the Mayfield Partnership – a joint venture between LCR, Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester and regeneration specialist U+I - have big plans for the site.
A park at the centre of the scheme was recently revealed to be part of the plan and details of this have now gone on public display.
It will be the first public park created in the city since 1926, when Wythenshawe Park was first developed - four years before Manchester Corporation bought the Wythenshawe estate to make it part of the city.
The Mayfield site is set to be a mix of commercial and residential developments, with its importance lying in its proximity to Piccadilly, particularly with HS2 on the way. Costing £850 million, the redevelopment will cover 24 acres in total, of which the park will occupy 6.5 acres.
Commenting on the public displays, development director at U+I James Heather said the Mayfield partnership is very keen to get public feedback.
He remarked: "We know from the feedback we’ve received so far, on our social media channels for example, that people share our fascination with the site and the opportunities it brings.
"Mayfield is a site like no other in the city centre and we are going to create something genuinely unique which all people of the city can enjoy."
The park may be a particularly important element of the development. While central Manchester has seen its population soar from a few hundred to tens of thousands - with thousands more apartments being added in the years ahead in a plethora of skyscrapers - the lack of large green spaces in the city centre is notable.
Having a new park at the heart of the latest development may go some way to redress this balance.