Press and Responses

We made a booklet in response to the plans. Please download here:

Library Walk Celebration Booklet


On this page we are documenting any articles which have been written about Library Walk, about the plans to close it and create a glazed link and any individual opinions on blogs etc.

Individual Responses

Shrinking Violet – Help Save Library Walk

Guttae – Regarding the proposed obstruction of LIBRARY WALK

Loiterers Resistence Movement LRM – Help please! Urgent Action Needed to Save Library Walk

Mark Iddon on the plans for Library Walk

Jonathan Schofield on Twitter

Cllr Victor Chamerlain (Chorlton Lib Dem) – Don’t let Council block off Library Walk

Continuity in Architecture, Manchester School of Architecture – Save Library Walk


BBC Manchester – Beswick at Breakfast Interview with Morag Rose of The Friends of Library Walk Group. 7.22am 11th August (skip to 1hr 19.3 seconds. Available until Tuesday 18th Sept)

Building Design – Simpson takes on critics of Manchester Library Walk proposals 7th June 2012 (you need to register at bdonline to see this content)

M.E.N – Manchester town hall’s £700k Peterloo Massacre tribute 12th July 2012

M.E.N – Brought to Book, plans for Library Walk Revamp June 16th 2012

M.E.N. – Postbag – Walk’s Plans Unfair – 23rd Jul 2012
Full text:
I was interested to read in the interview with Ian Simpson in today’s MEN, that he talked about his plans to install a glazed pod and gates in LibraryWalk . He stated that any criticism of plans is “completely unjustified because cities have to change”. I believe change should happen, being an urban designer myself, but that it should happen in Simpson’s own words “as long as it’s done in a respectful way that’s fair”. There has been nothing fair about the sneaky way the planning application has gone in, after 3 years of work being proposed for the transformation of the Town Hall. The Friends of the LibraryWalk have been asking people to sign a petition which we will submit to planning officers requesting they reject these plans to give the design team time to properly consult Manchester’s residents.

Manchester Confidential – Library Walk to be Gated June 5th 2012

Manchester Confidential – Library Walk – The Council Response 11th June 2012

Manchester Confidential – Extraordinary Cost Of Library Walk Revealed 13th June 2012

Manchester Confidential – Save Library Walk Event – Tuesday 11th September 6th September 2012

Manchester Confidential – The Library Walk Protest Goes On 13th September

Private Eye – Nooks and Corners, Piloti. Article below (happy to remove if asked)

MULE – Friends of Library Walk slam council “secrecy” 22nd August 2012

Other Articles / Links

Manchester Modernist Society – St Peter’s Square Information

Thanks for the support Manchester and Salford Ramblers

This response has come from the planners responsible for the application (click to view pdf): Library Walk Link Response to Representations

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