New Manchester Park Opens

The official opening of Brunswick Park, at the heart of The University of Manchester’s campus, was marked by welcoming students, staff and the local community to a celebratory health and wellbeing event. A tree planting ceremony by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, was followed by live jazz performances, a choral rendition and free fitness sessions.

Located just off Oxford Road, the new parkland and public realm was created on the site of the former Brunswick Street. The park is the largest open space within the campus, creating a valuable green oasis, wildlife haven and social space within the city. The public realm design enables outdoor civic, educational and public events to take place against the backdrop of the University’s elegant, neo-Gothic, Grade II* Whitworth Hall; the perfect spot for a proud graduation photograph.

During an interview at the opening event, Dame Professor Nancy Rothwell said: “It is a gateway through to our local community, but most importantly of all, it is a place where students can come and sit, and work, and chat, and relax, and enjoy the sunshine in Manchester.”

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “Brunswick Park is a fantastic new asset, creating a heart of the campus for everyone to enjoy. We were proud to welcome staff and members of the local community to this event to celebrate our new green space and public realm.”

The park was completed thanks to the generosity of Manchester alumnus and supporter Sam Chan, who made a transformational £1 million gift towards the Brunswick Park project. This marvellous donation, and enduring gift will benefit students, staff, visitors, local residents and the urban wildlife for decades.

The public realm and parkland were designed by Planit-IE for the University of Manchester. WYG and Appleyard & Trew acted as Engineers, and Arcadis as Project Manager. The works were constructed by Willmott Dixon.