Biomatrix Water is proud to have finished the installation of the second phase of the Bridgewater Basin floating ecosystem, thereby completing the project.
Bridgewater Basin is a branch of the Rochdale canal in central Manchester, situated outside Manchester’s premium international concert hall. It was devoid of healthy aquatic life and completely surrounded by vertical hard stone and concrete edging. Working closely with Manchester City Council’s Green Infrastructure team and with BDP Landscape Architects, a series of floating waterscape gardens was installed over two years. The project includes more than 20 varieties of aquatic plants and engaged with six different volunteer groups to complete the process.
The project’s planting is based around the concept of synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon in which sounds and colours are inextricably linked. The plant species for the islands have been carefully selected to reflect the colours, the rhythm, form, texture and movement associated with a musical composition.
“The project has provided us with the opportunuity to increase the quality and functionality of a previously underused and aesthetically challenging piece of open water in the heart of the City.” – Dave Barlow, Manchester City Council