Manchester Piccadilly Station

Manchester

Manchester Piccadilly Station

A spacious layout, waiting lounges and clear signage give Manchester Piccadilly Station the feel of a contemporary airport. Designed by BDP.

The project aimed to address severe problems of congestion both on the approach ramp and the concourse at the Manchester Piccadilly main line station and create larger, better organised facilities. Part of the challenge was removing conflict between pedestrian, private car, taxi and bus use, and facilitating interchange between transport modes.

Other objectives were to reflect Manchester's renewed status by providing station accommodation of appropriate scale and quality, and to help regenerate the locality. The client also wanted the building to serve as an icon for Network Rail.

At the outset the station buildings comprised the original listed train shed which was erected in 1842 as the London Road Station, and which subsequently formed the basis for Manchester Piccadilly Station, and a mixture of 1960s buildings.

The re-development encompasses a new steel frame with accommodation on two levels, incorporating travel services, new toilets and retail accommodation.