MIPIM | Stockport releases fresh transport hub visual

Stockport Council has released new animations of the transport hub being developed at the centre of the town.

The £50m Interchange is to be completed by 2022. The 100,000 sq ft bus interchange will be covered by a two-acre landscaped park and connected to new riverside public realm, and connected to the railway statio and Muse’s Stockport Exchange development by a new 180m pedestrian and cycle bridge.

BDP is lead designer on the project, providing architecture, landscape design and lighting design. WSP is lead consultant.

Pam Smith, chief executive of Stockport Council, said: “The new Transport Interchange is part of an ambitious £1bn investment by the council and its partners which is making Stockport an even better place in which to live, work, play and connect.

“We are bringing more green space to Stockport town centre for everyone to enjoy – the park will help Stockport Town Centre become Greater Manchester’s newest and greenest affordable urban neighbourhood.

“We are really excited about the next chapter in our ambitious journey which focuses on improving connectivity and introducing over 3,000 new homes to the town centre.”

BDP principal Stephen Gillham said: “The groundbreaking design supports the urban neighbourhood vision and is a key element of the town’s transformation.

“BDP’s design creates a dramatic and captivating landmark building, landscape and public realm that will create a vibrant and innovative space.”

The walk-through, going from the bus station interior up to the gardens area, and panning out to show how the development overlooks the Mersey and sits with the proposed new building, is available to view on Stockport’s website.

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Opps, there goes the MetroLink connection which was visible on the previous renderings. Should I be surprised? No. Manchester just doesn’t understand Interchanges. We have East Didsbury Rail 10 minutes walk from East Didsbury MetroLink, Eccles Rail 10 minutes from Eccles Metrolink and Cornbrook Rail… well, no need to bother there since there is no interchange. Good thing it never rains here in Manchester.

This is a lost opportunity to fully connect rail, tram and buses. But anytime anything is done in public transport in Manchester, it seems to be a bit of a lost opportunity.

By Jo

Why is the sun shining form the north? Is Stockport moving to the southern hemisphere?

By Bob

I fear we’re repeating the mistakes of the 1960s here with a huge expanse of public space which is elevated from street level and not overlooked. The question ‘Would you walk through here at night?’ is useful for these scenarios. The position of the apartment building to the south will overshadow the new space and the bus station, moving this to the north and overlooking the river surely would have made more sense.

By Retro

Looking great, I really hope they use as much glass as the animation shows. What a view of the viaduct!

By Vin

Bob the people in Bramhall have their own hemisphere.

By Elephant

Is it really a hub if it only covers a single mode of transport…? As Jo, note the lack of metrolink in these renders.

Along with a distinct lack of flocks of birds as well; Renderlandia has really gone down hill in Manchester for 2019.

By Daveboi

Lots of cash to create a new green space, then Stephen Gillham adds a massive hole in the centre allowing all the emissions from the bus station to rise up and pollute the new public space. The slab of a building then restricts air movement thus trapping all the emissions in the new public park. Great thinking there, love that! What a mess! Currently we can look down into the existing bus station, and that looks a mess, you just wonder whether this Stephen Gillham has even visited Stockport or has even travelled on a bus or even visited a bus station?

By an ordinary architect

BDP gave Stockport ‘Red Rock’ – winner of the Carbunkle Cup. Looks like they’ve got another winner here!

By Peter Black

Tell me who in their right mind would want to live above a bus station?

By Bex

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