Smithfield, Manchester


USM undertook a study on how to bring life to this former Wholesale Fish Market site in the Northern Quarter, then an up and coming edge of city location.  The building was just a set of walls with no roof, in an area that was a large car park.  We suggested a series of specialist market activities based around a mixed use refurbishment scheme. 

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Project dates 1996
Client Manchester City Council & The Northern Quarter Association
Brief Wholesale Market, Listed - largely demolished building. Re-use study, market activity
Partnerships Manchester City Council, URBED, Ian Simpson Architects, Wheeling Horton & Toms and lan Baxter Associates
Results The report came out just after the bomb explosion that devastated much of the town centre. This allowed MCC to review the town centre development in a new light and on this site they had a developer competition which was won by ICIAN who created a largely residential scheme with a mix of commercial including a public square where markets and events take place.

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