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Irwell River Park Manchester, UK

Landscape Institute highly commended award
Location: Greater Manchester, UK
Client: Manchester City Council, Salford RUC and Trafford Metropolitan Authority
Lead Designer: FoRM Associates ( partners in charge: Peter fink + Igor Marko )

irwell park_CENTRAL SALFORD_2009-03.pdf (2 MB)

Horticulture Week 6 September 2007 - Irwell.pdf (1 MB)

china_irwell park_low res.pdf (1 MB)

2012 Topos.pdf (2 MB)

Irwell River Park is a vision of a river and its corridor, which has been reclaimed by its surrounding communities; of a river transformed from a barrier into a meeting place; of a river moved from the periphery to the very heart of the cities' shared life and identity. The projected scope of change along the Irwell corridor over the next decade is huge and the three partner authorities recognize the vital importance to once again provide the unifying thread that links the multitude of disparate developments already built and anticipated along its banks.

The concept of the new linear park overcomes the effects of previous industrialization by transforming the river corridor from a major polluted severance into a premier public realm with Irwell River at its heart. Irwell River Park will transform the currently neglected river corridor into a powerful symbol of connectivity, synergy and unity for Greater Manchester. Its impact will be momentous for the North West region, delivering significant economic gains at a time when the economic climate is under stress, creating a solid foundation for future private and public sector investment.

The masterplan comprises of a continuous alphabet of pedestrian and cycling routes along the river, several major squares, three new pedestrian bridges, regeneration of heritage sites, ecological preservation of the river, new pocket parks and regeneration of large green areas in North Manchester. This new park, on a scale of urbanism rarely seen in the UK, will become the jewel in the crown of the new greater Manchester: Knowledge Capital, celebrating its unique heritage and creating one of the most vibrant, exciting and desirable waterfront destinations in Europe.

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