Hyde Bus Station, Manchester

SAS has manufacted a Service Module for Hyde Bus Station. The continuous module carries mechanical and electrical services throughout the building.

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Aedas AHR Architects

Main contractor

John Sisk & Son

Completion year


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Service Rafts

Area M2



United Kingdom

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Hyde’s new bus station has utilized a modern metal SAS International service module. The service module was manufactured from polyester powder coated steel, incorporating aerofoil profiled wings and a removable central panel for full access to the services. The continuous module carries mechanical and electrical services throughout the building including lighting, CCTV, signage, sprinklers and smoke detectors. 

An internal multi-user support frame not only ensured precision panel alignment, but reduced overall cost by providing all the necessary support for Mechanical Services and Electrical containment.

The bus station in Greater Manchester is one of the gateway schemes for the regeneration of the area. The contract involved the redevelopment of the existing bus station into a new transport facility incorporating crew and staff facilities, a travel shop and retail space.

The modern structure is an exposed tubular steel frame, tied into reinforced concrete pods, which supports the external envelope. The envelope consists of a curtain walling system to the vertical plane, which is interspersed with areas of enamel panelling. The roof-orientated in varying complex panels which were supported at each end by exposed steel trees. The design of the service module had to reflect the irregular shape of the building which led to a modern, striking final finished product.

One of the advantages of using a module ceiling system in a busy public building such as a bus station is the integration of services.

Mechanical and electrical services running through the main concourse and amenity facilities area were housed in the SAS module, which were specified by architects Aedas. Internal finishes had to be durable, resilient hard wearing surfaces. This is reflected in the additional choices of ceramic tiling to the floor and anti-vandal coverings to the walls. Anti-Graffiti paint finishes were used throughout.

Security is an important consideration for passengers using the bus terminal particularly at night. The entire area had to be brightly lit with clearly defined pedestrian crossing points. All lighting for the areas of heavy footfall were provided by lights within the ceiling service module, as was a new CCTV system to boost safety and security. As well as fire compliant sprinklers and smoke alarms, signage was also added to the module design as the signage scheme was required to run throughout the building and continue externally in to the surrounding town.

A plaque commemorating the finish of work at Hyde’s new multi-million pound bus station was unveiled by Cllr Alan Whitehead – Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority spokesperson for Tameside, as he took his first look at the state-of-the-art bus station.

Councillor Whitehead said: “The Authority’s biggest priority is putting passengers first. By investing approximately £3.7million in this brand new facility we hope to encourage more people to use their local bus services. Modern, comfortable, safe and secure waiting facilities and reliable information help to make bus travel become a more attractive alternative to the car. I’m sure people feel rewarded with the high quality bus station they deserve.”

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