The vision for Manchester’s derelict Central Retail Park – including a park

A public consultation is now open for people to share their thoughts

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 4th January 2023

New imagery has revealed the vision to transform the former Central Retail Park in Manchester city centre.

The huge site, just off Great Ancoats Street, was bought by the council back in 2017 and completely demolished a few years later.

In its heyday, it was home to stores including Toys R Us, Mothercare, Argos and JD Sports.

As the surrounding area has undergone a huge transformation, including the building of massive apartment blocks, the extension of Halle St Peters, and the addition of a booming restaurant scene, Central Retail Park has remained an eyesore.

But all that could be about to change, with grand plans for the area in the works – and a six-week public consultation is now open for residents and local businesses to give feedback.

The former Central Retail Park. Credit: Google Maps

A refreshed Strategic Regeneration Framework (SRF) was heard by the Council’s Executive in December, with a commitment that the regeneration will create a ‘high-quality, sustainable office district with attractive public realm at its heart’.

The vision for the former Central Retail Park will include a home for around 8000 jobs, space for shops and cafes, and – crucially – a green space.


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The space would be a public link through to Cotton Field Park, and would be the heart of the low-carbon commercial district.

There have been repeated calls for the whole area to be turned into a new public park, a ‘green lung’ for the city centre and the neighbourhoods to its immediate north.

The vision also includes new and improved links for pedestrians and cyclists in the area.


You can comment on the draft SRF by completing Manchester City Council’s consultation questionnaire at

Featured image: Manchester City Council