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PLANS UNVEILED FOR 'URBAN OASIS'

Manchester Evening News - Shelina Begum - Published 4th July

ALLIED LONDON UNVEILS PLANS FOR 'URBAN OASIS' IN SPINNINGFIELDS

The Field at Hardman Square will be 'a celebration of green space' in the city and will include new bars and restaurants interlinked with footpaths and planted areas.  Plans for a new ‘urban oasis’ in the heart of Spinningfields have been unveiled by developer Allied London.

The Field at Hardman Square will be 'a celebration of green space' in the city and will include new bars and restaurants interlinked with footpaths and planted areas.  The Field will sit next to Allied's latest commercial space, No 1. Spinningfields office, which launched its new marketing suite last week.

At the heart of The Field is a four-storey, timber-framed building known as The Pavillion.  Greened and softened with landscaped ledges and trellises, tiered seating and street furniture, The Pavillion will add some ever-needed public green space to the urban layout of the city centre.

Michaell Ingall, Allied London’s CEO said: “The Field will be a space with a personality. Inspired by a true story, continuing on a legacy, The Field will reinvigorate the vision of a 19th century girl who fought to retain green space in Manchester.

“This wish is as relevant as ever today and The Field will provide a dynamic and inviting space for Manchester.

“A place of this calibre was always envisioned as part of the original Spinningfields masterplan and will become a home from home for resident workers at Spinningfields, especially those based at No.1 Spinningfields, who will have this iconic new structure on their doorstep.

“We hope it will be a legacy, not only to the remarkable story of ‘The Field’, but also to the financial crisis of 2008, a crisis that put a stop to the development plans for several years.

“Out of crisis comes opportunity. In this case the overwhelming success this area enjoyed as temporary public realm with The Lawn Club seemed to add more value to the place than any building could ever do. It has ensured the opportunity to keep it free for people to enjoy and continue something exceptional and striking.

“Now seems an apt time in the wake of Brexit to reinvigorate that sense of hope and in true British style, to keep calm and carry on.”

Allied London will invite selected leisure operators to pitch for the chance to trade at the Pavillion.  A planning application is set to be submitted shortly with work due to start on ‘The Field’ later in 2016.

The Field and the Pavillion are designed by Sheppard Robson.