Work begins on Manchester Cathedral's temporary church

Manchester Cathedral The wooden church will be built on Victoria Street, which was closed to traffic in March

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Work on a temporary wooden church will begin later in Manchester.

The 22m (72ft) structure on Victoria Street will be used while the city's cathedral has a new heating system installed.

It will be built in a space which will also include the city centre's first children's play area.

The space will also see trees and flowers planted and the installation of allotment boxes, where local residents and businesses can plant vegetables.

A spokeswoman for management company CityCo said new artificial grassed areas, seating and chalets will also be built in the area to "create a pleasant place for people to take time out from the bustle of the city".

She said many of the materials used in the area were being "recycled from Chris Beardshaw's Groundwork Garden at RHS Hampton Court show, as well as wooden decking and chalets from last summer's Canal Festival and picnic benches donated by KRObar".

'Transformed'

The Victoria Street development is the sixth in the Manchester Garden City scheme, which is aimed at making the city greener.

Others developments have included canal-side planting in Piccadilly Basin, the creation of an orchard in St John's Gardens and a Northern Quarter pocket park on Thomas Street, and a revamp of Albert Bridge Gardens.

The Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester, said he was "delighted that Victoria Street is to be transformed".

He added that he was "also pleased with the way Manchester Cathedral is playing an active role in changing for the better".

Manchester councillor Pat Karney said the city was "full of underused pockets of space" and the play area was an "example of how we can be creative with our public spaces and bring life to a quiet corner of the city centre".

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