Designing the new Peel Park in Salford


Following the Peel Park Party event on Sunday 22nd April 2018, works to the historic park have been successfully completed by Urban Vision’s landscape design team.

Working in partnership with Salford City Council’s Environment Services team and as part of the National Lottery’s Parks for People programme, Urban Vision’s landscape designers went on site in October 2016.

Urban Vision provided landscape, structural and drainage design, CDM advice as well as cost consultation and contract administration works for the project.

The newly renovated park includes several unique features that animate the park for park goers to enjoy. Urban Visions team developed an interpretation strategy for the park, including maps, wayfinding and interpretation panels that tell the story of one of the oldest parks in the country, originally opened in 1846. The statue of Joseph Brotherton, the first MP for Salford and campaigner for public parks, has been returned to the park complete with a new granite plinth.

Our Landscape Architects also designed the planting schemes within the park including new trees, bulbs and flowers that line the pathways and bring colour into park.

A modern reimagining of the original park gates have been instated along the A6 to highlight the presence of the park. In addition the newly installed DDA ramp features granite lettering with the words from the original park gates. The inscription reads: “This park was bought by the people, for the enjoyment of the people and is committed to the people for protection.”

A feature popular with local residents is the newly refurbished playground that Urban Vision delivered in partnership with Salford City Council’s Environment team. Peel Park now also has a Park Keeper as part of the lottery grant. The new Park Keeper Base has been located at the base Maxwell Building and refurbished thanks to the University of Salford.

For the next five years, Peel Park will play host to a variety of activities and events and the majority of activities will be free for the public. Follow @PeelParkSalford on twitter to discover the upcoming activities on offer.

Alice Murphy, Urban Vision’s Landscape Architect said:

“I have been lucky enough to be involved with the designs for the renovation project at Peel Park. Following Salford City Council’s success in securing National Lottery Funding we have worked in collaboration with Salford City Council to reanimate this historic park for the benefit of the local community as well as visitors from further afield.”