Wednesday, October 01, 2014
ABC Wednesday: L is for Library Walk (again)
Library Walk is a curved walkway connecting St Peter's Square to Mount Street between Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension, which I previously featured on April 2nd 2014.
This is how it looked when I passed by last week. It is still closed. Some men were working on part of the Town Hall Extension.
The new, glass bubble-like enclosure, which features a reflective metal roof, designed by Manchester architect Ian Simpson, has now been installed.
The council say they have safety concerns about keeping the paved corridor open to the public at night and have applied for an order to remove the public right of way from the walkway and halt public access with the stretch partly gated off between the hours of 10pm and 6am. A Public Inquiry is being held on 21st and 22nd October at Manchester Town Hall.
Campaign group Friends of Library Walk. who describe the walkway as a space of "significant architectural merit" and want it to remain the ginnel that roared, are opposed to the proposal.
Find more information on the Friends of Library Walk website or you can follow them on twitter @savelibrarywalk
A contribution to ABC Wednesday and Good Fences.