SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens: An exciting notice

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Piccadilly Gardens: An exciting notice
Piccadilly Gardens: An exciting notice
According to the notice on the hoardings blocking off the fountains in Piccadilly Gardens:

"Exciting work is taking place to restore the Piccadilly Gardens fountain. The work should be completed by early 2017.

We're fixing and improving the fountain to make Piccadilly Gardens a public space for all to enjoy.

The pumping station underneath the fountain is currently being repaired. Nearly 1,000 cubic metres of material will be excavated to replace tanks and repair the pumping station roof."
Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly has been a focal point in the city of Manchester for generations. Prior to 1910, the site which later became Piccadilly Gardens was occupied by The Manchester Royal Infirmary. When the Infirmary was demolished, it was originally planned to build a new art gallery on the site but this plan didnít come to fruition and in the end a sunken garden was created with a wide promenade around the statues.

LinkExternal link shows the gardens as they were laid out after the Second World War, following heavy bombing. It was painted by LS Lowry in 1954. SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens (1979) is a photograph showing the gardens as they were in 1979.

However, in 2002, the Piccadilly Gardens area was redesigned resulting in the removal of the sunken garden to be replaced by a grassed area and the building of a charmless concrete wall dividing the new "Gardens" from the busy bus and tram interchange. To pay for this redevelopment, an office building was erected, using the south east corner of the gardens. There is a fountain which provides a pleasant gathering point in sunny weather (SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester) but the grassy area soon becomes muddy when it is wet.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 22 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 12 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8432 9829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8657N 2:14.2645W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8431 9828
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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