Cathedral Gardens, Manchester

June 8, 2011 Filed under: 2000s, Leisure by Sanna Fisher-Payne Comments Off

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Architectural photographer David Millington nominates Manchester's first new public park in 70 years

Cathedral Gardens is a very special BDP Project for me personally as it was my first BDP Photography Commission.

When I first visited the site Karen Howell explained the brief as we walked around together. I knew instantly that vantage points from the Cathedral, The Triangle Shopping Centre and Chetham’s School of Music would provide superb overviews of the scheme.

What I love about the scheme is the variety of public space that has been designed by BDP’s landscape architects. The Cathedral Botanical Lawn, The Podium Lawns and The Pillow Lawns all set off the hard landscaping beautifully.

The Water Feature meanders through the scheme from the Source Pool to The Finale Pool with Stephen Broadbent’s Bronze leaves cascading down the water rill depicting the seasons.

Urbis provides a fantastic architectural back drop for this little bit of paradise in the heart of the City of Manchester.


Architectural photographer David Millington, is based in Preston, and has worked in photography for more than twenty years.