Gillespies supported the planning, design and TWAO consenting for the Second City Crossing
Gillespies has supported the planning, design and Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) consenting for the Manchester Second City Crossing (M2CC), a new Metrolink line running through the heart of Manchester City Centre. The second city crossing is the final piece in Metrolink’s £1.5bn expansion programme, which has seen extensions to MediaCityUK, East Didsbury and Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton and Manchester Airport.
The new line crosses some of the city’s main public spaces, including the newly built stop at St Peter’s Square, Albert Square and Exchange Square, passing through Conservation Areas and sensitive buildings such as the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Grade I listed Town Hall.
Gillespies has been responsible for driving forward the aesthetics of the alignment and structures, ensuring a sympathetic and complementary integration with the urban realm and streetscape in the city centre. This process required complex public and stakeholder consultation and close collaborative working within Transport for Greater Manchester’s Integrated Project Team.