OFR completes project on Stockport’s impressive new interchange

Leading Manchester-based fire engineering consultancy OFR has completed its project work for client Transport for Greater Manchester on the brand-new Stockport Interchange and the adjacent 52m residential building which is home to 196 properties – set to complete this summer.  

OFR began work on both elements of the £135m project in 2020 – from RIBA stage 3 – advising on both the design and construction stages. The Interchange is now open for commuters and boasts 18 bus stands with the capacity for 164 departures an hour, plus access to a new rooftop park via both lifts and stairs.

The company has also completed its fire engineering strategy on the 14-storey purposely designed building that sits adjacent to the Interchange and includes 70 one-bed and 126 two-bed fully furnished, spacious apartments in the heart of the town. The development includes 6 commercial units and a private garden for residents and is set to complete this summer. 

Alex Robinson, Associate at OFR Consultants, shared: “This has been a fantastic project to work on over the past four years and the end result has made a huge difference to Stockport Town Centre. We’ve been fortunate to be able to engage with key stakeholders from the off, mainly Building Control, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Transport for Greater Manchester, that allowed us to develop our strategy whilst being cognisant of their policies and requirements. Whilst we had to overcome some challenges our expert fire engineering recommendations assisted in overcoming such issues which predominantly related to site constraints and ensuring that suitable provisions were provided to allow the fire service to access the building without delay. We’re thrilled to have overcome these challenges in part due to the early engagement with the relevant stakeholders.

“One of the main concerns was the proximity and interaction between both elements of the development – the Interchange and the residential building are adjacent to each other so we had to ensure a fire in the residential building would not result in disruption to the interchange and vice versa, but our recommendations to mitigate the risk of such a scenario occurring were taken on board and actioned by the design team. This project has been a firm favourite of mine – and the end result looks amazing!”

The OFR project was overseen by the Manchester head office team which included project manager Alex Robinson, project director Richard Rankin and project engineer Oliver Shaw. 

To find out more about OFR visit: https://ofrconsultants.com

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