The memorial will seek to honour those who died and recognise those who were affected. The aim is to create a place of contemplation where people can pay their respects, celebrate the lives of those who were killed, and reflect on memories of friends and loved ones.

Manchester Memorial Advisory Group, an independent body made up of civic and business leaders, is leading on the development of the memorial. Following conversations and consultation with bereaved families, a location within the city centre has now been selected.

The site of the memorial will be between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street within the city’s Medieval Quarter. it is bounded by the river Irwell and the Cathedral and is a light and open space.

The search to find designers for the site has begun and it is hoped that work will start on the memorial in May 2020.

The Manchester Memorial Fund is a restricted fund set up by the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity. The Fund will go towards the costs of establishing a permanent memorial or memorials for the 22 May attack at Manchester Arena.