Central Park Gateway, Manchester, United Kingdom

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At a glance

Opened in June 2012, Manchester’s Central Park Metrolink station is part of the city’s urban renewal. The transport hub is used by up to 5,000 people daily. The Gateway combines Manchester’s Metrolink and rail networks with the Oldham Road to offer unprecedented business space only five minutes from the city centre.

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Creation of a key public space with landmark canopy structure at a multi-modal transport interchange creates a well served business environment. The iconic nature of the landmark structure stimulating development within the business park and surrounding area.

The Canopy structures provides shelter to the plaza and creates a space which the multi-modal transport interchange is created.

The form of the canopy is a gently curving plane over the station stop, dropping down towards the plaza so that it presents itself ata more human scale. The copper clad canopy with a glazed element to provide natural lighting to the plaza space below. The rainwater drainage  of the canopy informs a design feature and the rainwater collected at the perimeter falls to a sculptural hopper at the lowest point.