The new Manchester Transport Interchange was commissioned as part of the regeneration masterplan for the city centre after the devastation caused by the 1996 IRA bombing.
Jefferson Sheard worked with Ian Simpson Architects to create a new development, bringing together bus services, the city's Metrolink tram system and a multi-storey car park, with user friendly, safe waiting areas at the same time as providing a new landmark building for Manchester.
The development, within the Shudehill Conservation Area, needed to be mindful of planning restraints and the context of the surrounding area, which is home to several listed buildings. We worked carefully to ensure that the orientation of the building respected this setting - the frontage onto Shudehill is narrow, with the bulk of the build extending back to larger neighbouring developments, where the impact would be lessened.
The main concourse is primarily glazed, with the upper floors using an innovative system of glass fins to maximise natural light and allow natural temperature control, and to keep the building open and safe. Using a varied width of panel, we've also given the building an interesting façade, animated and dynamic.
In 2007, the completed building received a RIBA Regional Award and a RICS Innovation Award in 2007.