The Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Stop by SimpsonHaugh and Partners has scooped Infrastructure Project of the Year at the AJ Architecture Awards
Deansgate-Castlefield originally opened in 1992 as G-Mex tram stop. In 2010 proposals were revealed to better integrate this elevated stop with Manchester city centre, adjacent conference centre and nearby railway station. The development by SimpsonHaugh completed in 2015 and introduced two staircases, an open bridge and a new lift.
It was described by one judge as already being ‘a seamless part of the urban fabric with interesting topography’.
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The jury had high praise for the design’s incorporation of an 11m-high living green wall as well as slate platforms with sedum tray inserts to create a green track surface and a small mini-park area for waiting during busy periods. The jury noted that ‘to see decoration pleasure incorporated into a modern design is immensely welcome’.
Also praised was the design’s strategy for dealing with circulation into and around the station, which unites and enhances several forms of previously disparate transport infrastructure in a way that, the jury felt, was incredibly generous and imaginative. They concluded that the project had been ‘a complex brief that seemed to be completely met’.
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Finalist: Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station by Weston Williamson + Partners
Pudding Mill Lane DLR Station by Weston Williamson + Partners
Source: Nick Guttridge
Finalist: Somers Town Bridge by Moxon Architects
Somers Town Bridge by Moxon Architects
Finalist: West Croydon Bus Station by Structura UK
West Croydon Bus Station by Structura