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Exchange Square Water Feature completed for Manchester City Council

Manchester’s new look fountain revealed

Cruden is delighted to have completed and handed over to Manchester City Council, the refurbished and improved Exchange Square water feature.  Works commenced on site in April 2019 and were delivered over a 45-week programme period.

The £700K project in the heart of Manchester city centre was completed under a design and build contract procured through the council’s Small Works Framework.

Cruden worked collaboratively and attentively with stakeholders including officers of various council departments for Public Realm, Highways, Planning and Conservation; Designers – The Fountain Company (Glossop); local businesses adjacent to the works and the management team of the Corn Exchange to ensure the works progressed with the least impact possible to daily operations of these businesses. 

Safety of the public had the highest priority and council operations such as the annual Christmas Markets were able to proceed unhindered.

Originally built some 20 years ago, the works included stripping out of the existing feature and plant room equipment, saving and reusing slate blocks and refurbishing the original water taps.

The new design provides raised water features that required casting of raised reinforced concrete plinths onto which the original slate blocks have been inlaid and bonded, and introduction of granite kerbs forming a new feature perimeter, enabling public seating and new energy-efficient LED lighting which provides the final scheme with an array of colour changing options, sequenced to chase and dance between 7.00am and 11.00pm daily. 

This scheme overcame a number of technical challenges and was a very different type of project to the norm; but one which our delivery team can be immensely proud and satisfied to have successfully delivered.