Designed by Marc Aurel of ‘Aurel design urbain’, the shelter creates a compelling public space through the use of materials and lighting not usually found in the on-street environment. It even includes a living roof for an alternative view for bus passengers. Consultant creative director to Manchester, Peter Saville, famed for his work with Factory Records, ensured that the overall design perfectly complements the city centre.

The shelter incorporates device charging points, free Wi-Fi and local information delivered via digital touchscreen. It dramatically raises the bar in terms of what a bus shelter is capable of, and is being used as a learning opportunity for future street furniture installation. It is located in the heart of the city, near Manchester Piccadilly station.
This is a really exciting and unique scheme for Manchester as this pilot shelter is the first of its kind in the UK. One of our key aims is to provide an improved public transport network that encourages more people to choose sustainable and more environmentally friendly ways to travel – especially in the city centre. Research indicates that improved public transport environments – with technology built in – encourage more people to use them and that’s what we’re testing out here. We’ll be asking people who use this bus stop for their views over the coming weeks and more new services and facilities could be trialled here. Andrew FenderCouncillor, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee