Work is under way to decorate the city with an extravaganza of flowers,
treated to beautiful floral displays and stunning, visual spectacles to
enhance the Games experience.
Manchester City Council has been working in close partnership with
Manchester 2002 and others to ensure that both the look of the city and the
Games venues promote Manchester's image as an attractive, vibrant
Among some of the most impressive sights will be a four-metre aluminium
sculpture, depicting the now familiar three-figure Games emblem, erected
over the main entrance arch of Manchester Town Hall.
The three-figure Games logo will also be represented by giant, moving,
inflatable figures in Piccadilly Gardens and Exchange Square.
Manchester Town Hall will be illuminated in the Games colours of red, blue,
green and yellow, while Albert Square will be decorated with flowers,
banners and coloured wraps around bins and benches.
Council gardeners are planting 180,000 seedlings to provide a riot of
colour in the city centre and along major arterial routes into East
Manchester. They will be displayed in hanging baskets, four-tiered
planters and flower beds.
A total of 3,000 street lighting columns have been painted on the main
routes and banner arms have been erected to install more than 2000 Games
banners. Plants and banners will also decorate city centre streets and
Manchester's main festival squares. Eight topiary 'athletes' will stand in
As well as decorating the city, Manchester City Council officers are
working hard to ensure that all areas around Games venues, the city centre,
Athletes Village and major arterial routes are clean and well maintained.
Five environmental teams will be set up during Games time to deal with
cleansing issues such as litter, graffiti and fly posting removal.
A number of commercial and non-commercial building wraps, covering
development sites in East Manchester and the city centre have been
instigated by the city council. In addition, the City Centre Management
Company has encouraged over 800 city centre businesses to dress their
buildings and shops. A similar exercise has been undertaken in East
Early next week work will begin on unfurling the latest building wrap on
one of Manchester's tallest buildings, Sunley Tower in Piccadilly Gardens.
The 70-metre by 20-metre wrap will feature a photographic image of
record-breaking English triple jumper Ashia Hansen.
Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: 'We are
delighted to welcome the XVII Commonwealth Games to the city of Manchester
- a city where people are proud to live, work and invest.
'As the eyes of the world turn to Manchester from July 25 to August 4, we
will put on a show that leaves no-one in any doubt that Manchester enters
the 21st century as a European city of international excellence.'
Frances Done, chief executive of Manchester 2002, said: 'The Games is a
fantastic opportunity to showcase Manchester to the rest of the world. The
vibrant red, blue, green and yellow colours of the Games will help make the
city look stunning. Thanks to our host broadcaster, the BBC, images of
Manchester will be sent to over a billion viewers during Games time. It's
a great way of raising the city's profile on an international level.'
Gordon McKinnon, chief executive of Manchester City Centre Management
Company, said: 'There are going to be thousands of people descending on
Manchester this summer. The city will be featured all over the world in
magazines and newspapers and in hundreds of hours of television coverage.
'This is a fantastic opportunity for the city to pull together to ensure
that Manchester looks its best.'