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Client Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Project
Turley office Manchester
Status Planning application approved
LPA Manchester City Council

Immortalising one of Manchester’s most influential historical figures

Our role

  • We submitted plans for a statue of British Suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, to be situated in Peter’s Square, Manchester.
  • The nucleus for this scheme was the WoManchester Statue Project, which seeks to celebrate women and address inequality in their representation across Manchester’s statues. The public were invited to vote on a shortlist of women who had made a significant contribution to Manchester and, in many cases, the country.
  • An inscribed stone ‘Meeting Circle’ is planned to surround the statue. The concept development, assisted by our Urban Design team, has evolved the space to one which invites people to enter carefully and with respect to the artistic and cultural message of the structure.
  • We provided Planning, Heritage and Townscape, Strategic Communications and Design services for this project, working on a pro-bono basis.


  • The statue was unveiled on 14 December 2018, marking the centenary of the women’s vote being exercised for the first time in a general election.


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