Update: The Imperial War Museum have told us that their previous exterior plans (mentioned below) are now being combined with the proposed promenade, and they will be re-thinking designs for the remaining areas in light of this (should the promenade get planning permission).
MediaCityUK developer Peel have applied to Trafford Council for permission to construct a pedestrian promenade and public realm area in front of the Imperial War Museum North.
This would extend the existing Trafford canalside promenade to the new foot bridge currently being built as part of Phase 1 of MediaCityUK (which will link MediaCityUK to the Trafford sides of The Quays – expected to eventually become the new home of ITV).
The promenade would create a walking circuit, taking in the MediaCityUK piazza, The Lowry and Imperial War Museum North.
The promenade is part of the Irwell City Park project which is being co-ordinated by Central Salford. Irwell City Park will link The Quays with central Manchester along a new pedestrian and cycle-friendly waterside route. It is hoped the proposed promenade and City Park project would encourage people to see Salford Quays and MediaCityUK as a visitor destination.
In June this year new exterior plans were announced for the Imperial War Museum North – including a new landscaped garden, children’s play area and a water sculpture. The first stage of those plans (due for the opening of MediaCity in 2011) has now been combined with this new proposed quayside walkway for which planning permission is currently being sought. IWMN will then be rethinking the designs for its remaining areas in light of this first phase, should it be successful.
You can see another picture of the proposed promenade after the jump.