Following Salford City Council’s £3.6million Heritage Lottery Fund win to regenerate the Bridgewater Canal in Salford, landscape architects and engineers from Urban Vision – Capita’s joint venture with Salford City Council - are now developing detailed designs that will help transform the 4.9 miles of waterway within the Salford boundary, from Boothstown to Barton.
Bridgewater Canal already attracts over 270,000 visitors each year; however, the planned regeneration as part of an overarching masterplan is expected to boost visitor numbers by an additional 110,000 adding an extra £2million each year to Salford’s economy.
Urban Vision is working on a range of schemes on behalf of Salford City Council that will help improve the physical fabric and infrastructure of the canal on key sites such as Worsley Delph, Barton Aqueduct and selected stretches of towpath to complete the canalside route though Salford.
Worsley Delph: New and improved walkways and bridges to allow better visitor access around the site with landscaping improvements and architectural lighting; de-silting of the Delph basin to allow controlled access for boats as well as car park improvements.
Worsley Green: Installing a kneerail to protect The Green from vehicular access.
Barton Aqueduct: Conservation and restoration works with footpath and landscaping improvements with architectural lighting as well as the creation of an extended viewing area overlooking Barton Swing Aqueduct and the Manchester Ship Canal.
Towpath: Upgrading, resurfacing and widening the 2.7 miles of towpath along the canal in Boothstown and Barton and providing general landscape improvements with new seating and signing.
Bridgewater Park: Creation of an education area, plus parking and coach drop-off point.
Dukes Drive: Creation of a coach turning area to facilitate educational visits.
Once the relevant contractors have been selected, works are estimated to start in July 2015 over a 12 month period.
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