Piccadilly Gardens re-opened to the public last week after undergoing £400,000 in renovation works including restoration of the green space and water features.
After being fenced off since October last year, the area in the centre of Manchester finally finished its renovations just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.
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Piccadilly Gardens looking good in the Manchester sunshine – & the fountains working at last. pic.twitter.com/TIitfB9yIu
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As part of the restoration, the majority of the grassed areas have been re-turfed, giving the landscape a fresh new look. The historic monuments surrounding the area, including a statue of Queen Victoria, have been steam cleaned and given a hot wax treatment to protect them from weathering.
The famous water feature was returned to full working order earlier this year and has been running on a minimum flow while the surrounding works were completed.
The fountain has been drained, deep cleaned and refilled and will be fully operational from 7am until 11am in the summer and 8am until 10pm in the winter.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s City Centre Spokesperson, said: “Piccadilly Gardens is a key public space in the city centre that thousands of people visit every day. You just have to see the crowds that flock on a sunny day to see how popular it is and how important it is for us to create a space where Manchester people and visitors can be proud of”
“The fountain is back, ready for the summer months, and we have already had a huge response from the public celebrating their return.
“It’s taken a number of months to get the Gardens ready for the public and we appreciate everyone’s patience while the work has been carried out. Now I’m happy to announce that Piccadilly Gardens is open to the public again and it’s fantastic to see it looking better than ever.”