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RIBA North West Conservation, heritage, and sustainability: Castlefield Viaduct visit and social

Join the RIBA North West Conservation, heritage, and sustainability group for a tour of Manchester's first sky park.

Join the RIBA North West Conservation, Heritage & Sustainability group for a guided tour of Manchester's first ‘sky park’, Castlefield Viaduct, followed by drinks and a social at the nearby Barca Bar.

Built in 1892, Castlefield Viaduct railway - close to the Great Northern Warehouse - used to carry heavy rail traffic until its closure in 1969. Grade II Listed Castlefield viaduct is an amazing example of structural engineering representing the innovative technologies of the industrial revolution in the city in the 19th century. The viaduct was design by Heenan and Froude, the designers of Blackpool Tower (inspired by Eiffel Tower, 1889).

In the 21st Century, ‘sky parks’ around the world have been an integral part of the urban fabric (i.e. High line New York, Promenade Planteé, West Toronto Railpath, Seoul, etc). These ‘elevated parks’ have contributed to improve urban biodiversity and human wellbeing.

National Trust has kindly offered a guided tour, to share their experiences in restoring and regenerating the site and their plans for the future of the viaduct, which opened to the public in 2023,

Following the tour, we will hold a friendly social event at the nearby Barca Bar, which will be a great chance to socialise and network. Tickets include food and drinks.

Thank you to The National Trust for hosting the tour.

This event is organised by the RIBA North West conservation, heritage, and sustainability group.