Mayfield Park

Providing the first new park in Manchester for over 100 years

Provided much needed green space in the city
  • Category
    Health and Wellbeing
All images credit to Richard Bloom

Proof of concept

Creating a brand new park

Mayfield Park is the first new park to be provided in Manchester for over 100 years. This is a planning led project regeneration project, which provides positive economic, environmental and social benefits for the city as well as the local residents and businesses. It is designed around 5 principles of accessibility and inclusivity for all sections of the diverse community.

  • In August 2020 Mayfield Park secured £23 million investment as part of the England-wide £1.3 billion infrastructure funding plan.
  • It has 142 trees, 120,000 shrubs and plants
  • These trees are estimated to remove approximately 3 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year
  • The pandemic clearly highlighted the need for green spaces for peoples wellbeing and provided a strong impetus to the project.

Key facts

Occupancy rate in year one
Shrubs and plants
Occupancy rate in year one
3 tonnes
of CO2 removed from atmosphere by new trees
Occupancy rate in year one
6.5 acres
of parkland provided
The project provided a unique children's play area

Providing much needed green space

How/why did the project benefit the public?

The project provided much needed green space in the city including a unique children’s play are with six slides designed around the River Medlock. The park was designed with accessibility at its heart to ensure it could be used by all to create a truly inclusive space. For example, a toilet block including special facilities for those with disabilities to wash and change has been located near the play area. Inclusive play has also been incorporated into the play area through a range of accessible play equipment.

What were local planners looking to achieve on the project?

  • To support the delivery of a much needed new green space in Manchester
  • To support the health and wellbeing benefits for local residents and visitors to the park
  • To help the project achieve its significant environmental benefits
  • Helping support the wider regeneration of the area

Justifying the need

How were local planners essential to the project’s success?

Local planners worked collaboratively with Deloitte helping to de-risk the planning process. By working closely with the Local Planning Authority and other stakeholders Deloitte was able to help ensure that planning conditions were met in line with the tight delivery plan and funding programme. Local planners are committed to continuing to work with Deloitte on further development in the area. Central to the success of the project was having a talented and experienced team of planners, architects, local councillors, city representatives and practical contractors working together.

Access to green spaces

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Access to green spaces