Manchester Transport Interchange

Ian Simpson Architects, Manchester, 2006


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External view of the Manchester Transport Exchange 

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  • External view of the Manchester Transport Exchange    
  • Inclined floors contrasting with cladding alignment; and to the right, interchanging opportunities between bus and tram    
  • Entrance to the Manchester Transport Interchange    
  • The staggered glass panels allow airflow around the edges, as well as permitting light into each deck.    
  • Stair access to transportation    
  • External view of the seating area    
  • The tram halt.    
  • Internal view of the waiting area    
  • Manchester Transportation Interchange waiting area    
  • Location plan    
  • Site plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Main level plan    
  • Section    
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An existing tram stop (upgraded and brought back into mainstream service by this project), a bus depot and a car park

This building comprises a ramped access to a six-story, 777-bay car park above the bus station/interchange concourse. The car park is designed for 2,000 vehicular movements every day.

It is effectively an island contained by the concrete busway, which in turn is encircled by a low concrete wall that continues around the perimeter of the main site. This wall is variously clad in brick (on edge, stacked, soldier course) and ceramic tiles (mosaic, coloured, staggered).


  • Begun: Nov 2003
  • Completed: Jan 2006
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £26M
  • Address: Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF, United Kingdom

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