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Brunswick Street landscape changes to Brunswick Park

10 May 2017

A new green space, Brunswick Park, will be created by pedestrianising and landscaping Brunswick Street amid the existing University buildings

Artist's impression Brunswick Park

Brunswick Park will see Brunswick Street pedestrianised and landscaped. Our landscaping works will introduce trees and wider pavements to Oxford Road – the hugely busy thoroughfare dissecting South Campus – and will complement Transport for Greater Manchester’s decision to make it car-free this year, encouraging public transport and cycle use.

The future Brunswick Park green space will be extensively landscaped to create a traditional parkland setting in the city. 

A more formal tree arrangement will frame and define the new Whitworth Hall Square, which will face the Whitworth Hall.

Why we are felling trees on Brunswick Street

Work has begun to create a new green space opposite Whitworth Hall, creating a parkland in the heart of the university campus. 

The initial phase of Brunswick Park involves the felling of 22 of the existing trees on the site which are being removed for a variety of reasons including poor health and to open up vistas as part of the new park design.  The trees will be replaced with more than double the number of high-quality semi-mature specimens including Beech, London Plane, Birch and Oak trees. 

We will also be relocating a number of trees to new locations within the park.  The landscape architect-designed proposals have also been reviewed by an ecologist to check that trees felled are not currently used by nesting birds.  

This work is part of the university’s Campus Masterplan, a ten year project to create a world-class, single campus for our students, staff and visitors. As part of this strategy, the university is committed to planting more trees across the estate, helping to ‘green’ the campus with carefully selected species which will contribute to biodiversity.