Charcon supplies paving for state-of-the-art Wythenshawe Interchange.



When Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced a £6 million investment in a new transport interchange for Wythenshawe, it promised to regenerate the area, providing a state-of-the-art gateway to the town centre, better links between buses and trams and improved safety for passengers.

TfGM’s vision was to create a fully integrated and accessible transport hub, with a range of improved facilities, including a new TfGM Travelshop, cycle parking facilities, enhanced CCTV and passenger information systems.

Ensuring the interchange was environmentally sustainable was a top priority and 72 solar panels were incorporated into the roof design to provide 10 per cent of the building’s energy.

Charcon, was already working on a separate contract for TfGM, delivering an area of public realm opposite the new interchange, which would connect the existing Metrolink station to the new transport hub. 


As a result of Aggregate Industries’ existing relationship with TfGM, and to ensure the design aesthetics of the neighbouring schemes seamlessly married together, Charcon products were specified for the public realm elements of the project. This included footpaths, ramps and circulatory routes.

1,371m2 of Andover Washed premium block paving was specified, chosen for its flexible design capabilities and sustainable qualities. In addition to the existing 288m2 Anthracite Charcoal and 1,083m2 Silver Grey colour options, Charcon’s design team worked in partnership with TfGM to create two new colour shades specifically for the project.

1,083m2 of each of the new Mid Grey and Light Grey colours combined with the existing shades to achieve an understated, contemporary backdrop for the project. The four colour options were used to stunning effect, creating aesthetic designs in adjacent areas while retaining overall texture and colour consistency.

The bus interchange has been designed to be compliant with the City Council’s Design for Access 2 (DFA2) document.  61m2 of Elite (Format 3) deterrent paving was supplied to deter pedestrian and vehicular access and provide “wayfinding” measures and finishes for the interchange.

TfGM was keen to ensure the new interchange was as sustainable as possible so the use of Andover Washed helped meet these requirements, containing up to 50 per cent non-primary materials.

The public realm was completed on time and on budget, and the new interchange opened to the public in July 2015.

Mike Davies, Specification Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “Wythenshawe Interchange has been a fantastic project to be involved in. Our Andover Washed block paving was the ideal choice to complement the contemporary design of the project and also helped contribute to the sustainability credentials of the scheme.

“We always welcome the opportunity to create bespoke products for our clients. The two new shades created for the transport hub looked so good in situ, we have since added them to our overall range.”

Project details

  • Transport for Greater Manchester

  • Kier

  • AHR (Aedas), Manchester and Leeds

  • FDA Landscape, Denby Dale 

    • Two new colour shades designed specifically for project
    • Compliant with the City Council's Design for Access 2 (DFA2) document
    • Flexible design capabilities and sustainable qualities

Charcon went above and beyond to make sure the product quality was guaranteed and that the colour variations were as promised. We look forward to working with Charcon on future projects.

John Atkinson
Project Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester