Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester Urban Development, Photo, England, Building, Landscape, Designer
Manchester Piccadilly Gardens : Tadao Ando Landscape
Civic Architecture, northwest England, UK – design by EDAW + Tadao Ando
26 Nov 2008
Piccadilly Gardens Redevelopment
Park landscape + fountains
Tadao Ando Architect
Manchester building photos © Adrian Welch, Apr 2010:
Piccadilly Gardens is a green space in Manchester city centre, England, situated at one end of Market Street (a busy shopping area) and on the edge of the Northern Quarter. Piccadilly runs eastwards from the end of Market Street/junction with Mosley Street, to a point where London Road begins at the junction with Ducie Street: to the south of this are the gardens and paved areas. The area was reconfigured in 2002 with a new water feature and concrete pavilion by noted Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Before 1755: The area was pits called the Daub Holes. They filled with water. The Lord of the Manor donated the site and the pits were replaced by a fine ornamental pond.
1755: The Manchester Royal Infirmary was built there; the street it stood on was then called Lever’s Row, which continued south-east as Piccadilly.
1763: Manchester Royal Lunatic Asylum was built next to the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
1849: The lunatic asylum was moved to Cheadle and is now Cheadle Royal Hospital.
1910: The Manchester Royal Infirmary moved to its current site on Oxford Road, due to fear of difficulty evacuating in narrow streets in case of fire.
1914: By then the infirmary had been fully removed from the site, and after several years in which the City Council tried to decide how to develop the site, it ended up being left and made into the largest open green space in the city centre. The Manchester Public Free Library Reference Department was housed on the site for a number of years before the move to Manchester Central Library. The lowered area (as before 2000) of the gardens arose from the hospital’s basement.
Piccadilly Gardens lead design : Tadao Ando, Architect
Piccadilly Gardens co-designer : EDAW
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