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  • Piccadilly Gardens Fountain

    Reinstating Manchester's iconic city centre fountain

Appointed principal contractor through the North West Construction Hub, this project transformed the Piccadilly Gardens fountain, creating a bright interactive space for everyone to enjoy, right in the heart of the city.

The fountain became disused in May 2014 following the failure of its underground mechanisms. The repair project included using a crane to remove the two large underground water tanks, replacing them with a single concrete tank. The huge operation required a significant amount of earth removal to access the tanks.

It would be easy to underestimate the massive scale of the repair project. We’ve had to dig more than ten metres below the surface to remove the huge machinery hidden under the Gardens. It’s hugely exciting to see the fountain flow again, and it will be completely reopened for the spring and summer months.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council

  • £500k

    Project value

  • 20



  • 70,000L


    Concrete water tank installed

Now complete, the 180 jets throw water six metres into the air and can be changed to any colour in the spectrum using LED lighting. They can even be programmed to different patterns to illuminate special events.

Involved in this project

Turner & Townsend
Keelagher Okey Klein