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Friends’ Meeting House is located within the centre of a development area rapidly becoming a Manchester City regional focal point.
The conference centre and meeting venue is located within the heart of Manchester City Council’s current framework to regenerate the location.
According to The Council, the project requires outstanding design and is defined by the conservation of some of Manchester’s most exceptional architecture already located within the Civic Quarter. Examples of which Manchester Central Library and Midland Hotel. Which are both of Friends’ Meeting House’s neighbouring buildings.
New building work will reflect the city’s heritage and character through planning and design, including architectural salutes to surrounding Victorian masterpieces such as the Town Hall, adjacent to the Friends’ Meeting House.
The pedestrianisation of the nearby St. Peter’s Square, will create a welcoming and attractive public space, and is set to make use of high quality public art. This area is already becoming a space where people can meet both formally and informally.
According to the framework, the sympathetic nature of the development will diversify the architectural offering and the use of the area. The Council believes that these factors will ultimately offer something ‘unequalled in the UK’ and the work undertaken so far is confirmation of this.
The Friends’ Meeting House is already centrally located with the Moseley Street and Deansgate/Castlefield tram stops only a few minutes walk away. However the planned development will mean the event space will soon benefit from an even closer tram stop, St Peter’s Square, located on its door step as well as improved transport links citywide.