The Shudehill Interchange, Manchester, UK

Ian Simpson Architects
Date Built
Completed 2007
Shudehill and Bradshaw Street
The Shudehill Interchange is located within the Shudehill conservation area. Ian Simpson Architects, the designers of the new Shudehill Interchange, describe it as follows: "The design proposal comprises three primary components; the bus concourse and passenger stops, a new Metrolink Tram stop and a multi-storey car park. The intention has been to integrate the three elements to form a single cohesive entity to be known as the Manchester Transport Interchange."

The most prominent feature of the site is the multi-story car park. Ian Simpson says of it: "The envelope to the car park consists of an arrangement of sandblasted glass panels, heavily articulated within the horizontal plane and varying in width. The intention is to achieve the required natural ventilation whilst presenting an animated and varied facade." The Interchange is served by the free city centre Metroshuttle bus service and frequent trams running to Bury, Altrincham, Eccles and Piccadilly. Bus services serving the North and West of Greater Manchester also use the Interchange.