Manchester Transport Interchange – Shudehill

Manchester Transport Interchange, Shudehill, England, Architect, MTI Building, Images

Manchester Transport Interchange : Shudehill Building

MTI Development in northwest England – by Ian Simpson Architects / Jefferson Sheard Architects

Manchester Transport Interchange Building

Design: Ian Simpson Architects / Jefferson Sheard Architects

The award winning Manchester Transport Interchange (MTI) combines the modes of bus, light rail (Metrolink) and the private car in a city centre location close to the focus of the regeneration initiative which followed the IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996.

MTI required the careful management of the interests of a wide variety of parties in addition to GMPTE and Manchester City Council, all of whom were stakeholders in this complex project.

The project itself consisted of two dramatic glass buildings (the site lies within Manchester’s Shudehill Conservation Area) and a glass “aerofoil” canopy linking the bus station and the Metrolink stop. The buildings contain a bus concourse with retail, ticketing and infrastructure staff facilities and an innovative, glass clad multi storey car park.

The success of this project has been acknowledged by winning an RIBA Award, a RICS Award, the Manchester Society of Architects Award and the British Parking Awards.

Value: £28m
Client: Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE)

11 May 2006

Shudehill Transport Interchange

Design: Ian Simpson Architects / Jefferson Sheard Architects

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Manchester Transport Interchange – Building Images: Daniel Hopkinson

Building information from Jefferson Sheard Architects 2006:

Manchester Transport Interchange Development

Manchester’s Shudehill Transport Interchange is a highly contextual response to a complex brief for an intermodal (bus / tram / car) transport facility serving the city’s shopping and leisure quarter.

Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive has developed the Interchange on behalf of a number of organisations which includes themselves, Manchester City Council, NCP and major local investors such as the CIS and Richardsons – the owner of the nearby Printworks leisure complex.

The Interchange was conceived as a solution to the widely varied transport needs of Manchester’s emerging Northern Quarter which includes a growing residential component as well as the shopping, leisure and employment activities which generate larger movements of people.

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Manchester Transport Interchange – Building Images: Daniel Hopkinson

Inserting a large building with all the attendant paraphernalia of its transportation function into the fringe of the Shudehill Conservation Area presented a planning challenge which became even more demanding when the IRA’s bombing of the area in 1996 increased the site’s significance as an opportunity to symbolise Manchester’s self-confidence and its will to show that the attack upon the city would be transformed into an act which served only to strengthen it.

The architectural concept and scheme design of the Interchange was developed by Ian Simpson Architects, emerging from the practice’s work upon the masterplan for the rebuilding of the bombed core of the city, and the post-planning implementation of the project was carried out by Jefferson Sheard Architects, with selected design input from Ian Simpson Architects and with GVA Grimley as the Employer’s Representative. Ian Simpson Architects is celebrated for the practice’s defining contribution to the making of modern Manchester whilst Jefferson Sheard are developing an extensive portfolio of striking Interchange projects. Both architects are highly pleased with the outcome of their collaboration at Shudehill.

There are, essentially, six components to the Interchange – the main passenger bus concourse which forms the ground floor of an eight storey car park building; a so-called “finger island” of additional bus facilities; a new Shudehill Metrolink (tram) platform; a spectacular glass “aerofoil” canopy which visually marks the entrance to the Interchange, an accommodation building beneath the car park access ramp at the corner of Shudehill and Hanover Street and, finally, a boundary wall to the 0.92 ha site, decorated in materials which reflect those found within the Conservation Area.

The architects have sought to demonstrate that transport facilities of this type can be highly symbolic public buildings which carry an important message about their city and the importance of public transport within its life. The largest of the six components – the car park and concourse – is conceived as a crystalline glass “box” which contributes to the visual appeal of the city by making use of the colour and movement of the cars within, while the finger island and aerofoil are highly sculptural compositions of glass and concrete.

Construction started in November 2003 and the Interchange was fully opened to the public at the end of January 2006 at a cost of approximately £28 million. The car park provides 777 spaces, managed by NCP, for use by the public and employees of the CIS, whilst, in the Interchange itself – managed by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive – there is provision for 17 bus stops, parking layover for another 6 buses, plus three retail units and a Travelshop within the main concourse.

Manchester’s Shudehill Transport Interchange Photos
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Manchester building images / information from Jefferson Sheard Architects 260606

Manchester Transport Interchange building – photos © Adrian Welch 2006:
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Manchester Transport Interchange lead architect : Ian Simpson

Shudehill Transport Interchange joint architects : Jefferson Sheard Architects


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