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Trafford Wharf Promenade / FoRM Associates

  • Architects: FoRM Associates
  • Location: 2 Trafford Rd, Croydon, Greater London CR7 6, UK
  • Architects: FoRM Associates
  • Design: FoRM Associates
  • Engineering: Gifford
  • Client: Peel Media
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: McCoy Wynne, Courtesy of FoRM Associates, Webbaviation

© McCoy Wynne © McCoy Wynne © McCoy Wynne © McCoy Wynne

From the architect. Quayside designed by London-based FoRM Associates in front of Imperial War Museum North by Daniel Libeskind is now open to the public. The new quayside completes the first section of the Irwell River Park masterplan, an 8km long river edge park linking Salford, Manchester and Trafford developed by FoRM Associates in 2010. With the adjoining new Media City foot bridge by Wilkinson Eyre Architects the quayside delivers an important new strategic circulation loop in the Quays, a key regeneration zone in Greater Manchester. The loop helps to transforms the experience of walking in the area through linking Media City UK - the new home of the BBC, with the IWMN, Manchester United Stadium and Lowry Arts Centre.

© McCoy Wynne
© McCoy Wynne

FoRM’s design of the quayside plays with convex and concave geometries, creating an imaginative public realm complementing the designs of both the IWMN and the new Media Bridge. Importantly the project also actively orientates the IWMN towards its water edge with its newly constructed additional entrance now admitting over 50% of the museums visitors. 

© McCoy Wynne
© McCoy Wynne

The original severance to movement along the Manchester Ship Canal was resolved by a newly constructed deck and stepped area built over water, delivering generous pedestrian and cycling connectivity as well as a series of public realm spaces that serve as informal performance/educational resource for the museum. Terraced seating leading down to the water’s edge provides excellent views of the area making the new quayside already a popular destination both during the day and the evenings.

Courtesy of FoRM Associates
Courtesy of FoRM Associates

“FoRM Associates were not known to Peel before the Trafford Wharf commission. They proved to be one of the most innovative and professional consultants I have worked with. The project was delivered not just on time and entirely within a tight budget but with great flair and imagination. FoRM clearly understood their brief and delivered not just a visual delight but, in concert with the structural engineer produced a technically sound and simply constructed solution.” Ed Burrows, Property Director, Peel Media

Courtesy of FoRM Associates
Courtesy of FoRM Associates
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