Grafton Street Helipad Manchester, UK

Suspended 18 metres above street-level lies the 130m-long link bridge and helipad. This new system enables critically ill or injured patients to be transported by helicopter directly to the city-centre hospitals from around the region. This includes transport to the Emergency Departments at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), just next to the link bridge.

Developed in partnership with Bruntwood for the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), the link bridge runs from the helipad located on the roof of the Sheppard Robson-designed Grafton Street carpark into Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The design’s longest span reaches 40m in length and is clad in stainless steel panels. The choice of material and varied architectural form allows the bridge to integrate into the skyline and animate as the light conditions change.

Client
  • Bruntwood / Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Completion
2020
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