Castlefield Viaduct - Twelve Architects and Masterplanners
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Castlefield Viaduct

Location:
Area: 4,400m2
Client: National Trust
Stage: Concept
Service: Architecture, Masterplanning, CGI, Stakeholder Engagement
Status: Design

Working in partnership with the National Trust, Manchester City Council and the people of Manchester, we are finding a future for the remarkable industrial heritage of Castlefield viaduct.

The project will bring the Grade II listed viaduct back into use, transforming it into a green oasis in the city.

In a post pandemic world, it is more important than ever for people to have the opportunity to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of green, nature-rich parks and gardens. In the short term, a pilot scheme ‘micro park’ will explore and test elements of design and operation, including vegetation planters, a welcome kiosk, F&B offering, guided heritage tours, partner plots that showcase local initiatives, and a temporary event building. The long term vision is to transform Castlefield viaduct into a free-to-access park and meeting place for Castlefield residents and visitors.

Our scheme creates a hidden oasis sitting above the busy city streets. It will be an intervention that respects the listed structure, celebrates the nature, beauty and history of the viaduct, and is complimentary to the existing plans for Manchester.

The pilot will seek input from local audiences and partners so that we may decide together how the main scheme will ultimately look and feel.