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Revamp of historic city centre gardens set to go ahead

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Multi-million pound plans to transform an historic city centre spot have been given the green light. The Roman Gardens in Castlefield, which are located on the site believed to be the birthplace of Manchester 2,000 years ago, are set to be transformed by a local group.

The site located off Liverpool Road was home to the Roman fort of Mamucium where the settlement of Manchester was founded in AD 79.

A reconstruction of the fort's North Gate now stands on the site of the original stone gateway uncovered in the early 1980s.

Plans to transform the public green space described as 'one of the saddest and most unloved areas' in the city centre were first put forward by Castlefield Forum in 2016 with detailed proposals drawn up by architects BDP on behalf of the community group approved by Manchester council the following year.

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