The early weeks of 2022 have been set aside to carry out a series of repairs and upgrades to Exchange Square.
As one of the most heavily used parts of Manchester City Centre, some of the existing paving stones and cobbles in the area have deteriorated over the years.
From Monday, January 10, 2022, a programme of gradual improvement works will begin to replace broken stones and improve the overall amenity of the area.
Areas of improvement include:
- Repair and relaying of black granite in Exchange Square itself as 50% of the existing stone is damaged.
- Minor repairs to the Yorkstone paving on the ramped area.
A step-by-step approach will be taken during the course of the works to avoid disruption for pedestrians, residents and businesses, with the next segment of improvement beginning after the previous has been completed.
This will mean a full closure of Exchange Square will not be required.
Works are expected to be completed by the end of March, though this will may be subject to change if inclement weather affects progress.
Councillor Tracey Rawlins, Executive Member for Environment, said: “Exchange Square is one of the most used and well-regarded spaces in the city centre but it definitely is in need of a bit of care and attention.
“We’re hoping to keep disruption to a minimum as these works take place, but hope we can rely on the public’s understanding during their duration.”