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Manchester Transport Interchange

Flush glazed gable end

Staggered Glazing


Manchester Transport Interchange, UK

Located directly between the Arndale centre, CIS building and the Printworks in the heart of the city, the newly constructed transport interchange in Shudehill, Manchester, provides a new and vital transport hub linking bus, tram, car and foot passengers together on one site.

The glazing system designed and installed by MERO (UK) PLC. provides a fašade that allows sufficient air to circulate through the NCP car park, whilst the undulating glass enables the building to blend perfectly into the local conservation area.

MERO developed the bespoke glazing support system, comprising of just four edge clamps and two supporting saddles to each of the 2.8m high panes, to give the appearance of the glass floating infront of the fašade. By installing the glass in three different positions from the structure, along with three different panel widths of 400mm, 800mm and 1600mm, various glass translucencies and a seemingly random combination of these factors, produces the dynamic facades on the main elevations, whilst the flush glazing to the ends of the building follows the same trends with just one installation position from the structure.

Although clamping just 200mm of the perimeter of each glass panel, the ingenious support system allows the panels to deflect over 40mm laterally under full wind loading, and will safely retain the panes should they break. As part of the contract, MERO installed a pigeon protection system to the top of each pane of glass to prevent birds settling on the structure and unduly fouling the glass, the design of which was incorporated into the cast stainless steel support arms. MERO also designed and installed a powered travelling maintenance system that runs on two rails situated between the top two and bottom two levels of glazing, which can be used for both cleaning of the fašade, and glass replacement procedures.

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Project Title:
Manchester Transport Interchange, Shudehill
Structural Glazing sub-contract package
_ Scope of Works: Structural Glazing system with secondary support steelwork incorporating window cleaning and pigeon deterrent facilities.
_ Cladding Details:

3,340m▓ laminated single glazing in 1,432 panels, comprising 5mm heat strengthened outer pane, 1.5mm pvb interlayer and 12mm fully toughened and heat soaked inner pane

_ Steelwork Details: Approx 140 tonnes of galvanised structural mild steel ladder frames, consisting of 150x12mm vertical members and °89CHS Transom members.Cast stainless steel glazing system components incorporating support arms, saddles and clamp brackets.
_ Year of Completion: 2005
_ Contract Duration: 22 months
_ Client: Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE)
M_ERO UK Architect: Jefferson Sheard Architects and Ian Simpson Architects
_ Main Contractor: Costain Limited
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