Connecting the dots to Manchester’s newest city neighbourhood & park

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We’ve been appointed by LandsecU+I to cast our wayfinding eye over Manchester’s Mayfield area, including its hugely popular and ambitious park.

Our initial appointment focuses on auditing the site, in particular looking at the connectivity between the site and the city centre. We’ll be getting out and about to audit the existing pedestrian routes and existing signage, as well as getting under the skin of how the site connects to Piccadilly Station and the Metrolink. We’ll be delivering a high-level strategy to improve connectivity within the wider Piccadilly Strategic Regeneration Framework area.

Another important aspect of the work will be to facilitate early-stage stakeholder consultation with the council, landowner and TfGM & Network Rail. We’ll identify where there could be updates to current wayfinding to improve connectivity and reinforce routes between surrounding neighbourhoods and the city centre.

A future phase of works will be needed to look at wayfinding design within the site itself.

As our hometown we know these streets well, but that doesn’t mean we won’t learn new things. We often remind ourselves of our favourite quote from author Marcel Proust:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.

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