Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & culture Castlefield Conservation Area

Improvement and enhancement

In recent years Castlefield has undergone dramatic changes which have transformed it from a forgotten corner of the city to a thriving centre of activity. Many projects are currently underway, and some of these will serve to trigger further activity in both the private and public sectors.

Generally speaking, as Castlefield has always been a centre of innovation, imaginative new proposals for development are likely to receive a warm welcome.

Castlefield has for a long time been an area which could claim to be the centre of tourism in the north-west. It has become a generator of prosperity for the City, and it is the City Council's intention that this should continue for many years to come.

However, there is still room for improvement in the area, and there are many disused and semi-derelict buildings for which new uses should be found. Cafes, pubs, clubs and bars are suitable ground floor uses, though there is a limit to the number of these that the area can sustain. The upper floors of large buildings can be used for housing, offices, studios, galleries and museums.

The nature of Castlefield does not demand that new buildings should all be of brick and stone with slate roofs. Modern materials used in a modern manner can find a place here, but the resulting buildings must, above all, be of high quality.

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