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Finalists in Manchester Corridor contest revealed

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The shortlisted schemes in the competition to revamp two ‘gateway sites’ on Manchester’s Oxford Road have gone on public display

The unusual Corridor Manchester ‘public realm’ contest paired seven practices with 16 students from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the Manchester School of Architecture.

Those practices were: AEW Architects; Denton Corker Marshall; Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios; Formroom Architects; Camlins; Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects; and Landscape Projects.

Over the past few months the teams looked at how to radically transform, in a cost-efficient way, the public realm at the Mancunian Way/Oxford Road crossover and the so-called ‘Whitworth node’ area.

Seven designs - three for Whitworth and four for Mancunian Way - are currently being showcased at the Manchester Technology Centre. The exhibition runs until Friday 8 June.

Steve Millington, Senior Lecturer, geography and environmental management at MMU said: ‘Through the competition, MMU has developed an innovative programme for employer engagement, enabling students to reflect on their work-based skills before being exposed to a commercial environment.  By getting students to think about the experience and provide an evidence base against real-world skills, students engaged in the competition will be better prepared for professional practice after graduation.’


Corridor Partners are: Bruntwood; Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Manchester City Council; Manchester Metropolitan University; The University of Manchester together with Arup, The Cornerhouse and Manchester Science Park.

Designs submitted to the Competition will be scored by the jury based on the following:

• The visual and aesthetic contribution to the character of the townscape and the urban and environmental context
• How well the Design addresses the issues affecting the social, cultural and practical value of the site to the public and the promoters
• How well Designs for the Mancunian Way site help overcome the sense of the location as a blight on the character of Oxford Road as a pedestrian friendly, culturally rich environment.
• How well Designs for Whitworth Node knit the whole site together, resolve the modal conflicts and create a stimulating place for people to move freely and confidently in all directions.
• Sustainability, efficiency and functionality of the design especially accessibility, safety, security.
• Buildability and practicality
• The likely affordability and cost effectiveness given that the promoters may have to make a financial case for the expenditure
• Any adverse environmental effects


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