TRIANGULUM Site Manchester
The city of Manchester is one of ten local authorities that make up the Greater Manchester conurbation, which has a total population of 2.6 million people and is the second largest economy in the United Kingdom.
‘Corridor Manchester’ will be the focus of activity in the city - a 2 km long spine that contains two of the UK’s largest universities and one of the largest medical research campuses in Western Europe, it generates nearly €3 billion, which makes up 20% of the city’s GDP. It employs 60,000 people in the knowledge economy sector with a further 20,000 expected to be added in the next 10 years. There are 72,000 students in the Corridor, which is expected to reach 110,000 by 2020.
Manchester’s approach is based upon an understanding that cities function as systems, involving a complex interaction between individuals, markets, infrastructure networks and public services. Every individual intervention has been chosen because it demonstrates the benefits of integration in different ways.
Building on the investments already made the focus will be on the integration of energy, mobility and ICT systems around three core infrastructure assets within ‘Corridor Manchester’, Civic Quarter Heat Network, UoM Electricity Grid and MMU Electricity Grid. These assets supply heat and power to the respective estates and buildings belonging to the Corridor partners.
The funding for Triangulum will enable the partners to build on the work already undertaken to establish a smarter more independent infrastructure whereby energy generation, its supply, storage and use is managed in a much more demand responsive manner. The primary focus for this is those buildings of heritage status value – a sector that until now has proved a major challenge in terms of carbon reduction.
All the new investments around renewable energy generation, supply and demand management will be connected through a new ICT infrastructure called the MCR-i. This platform will consist of a number of discrete layers, which will create two new knowledge environments. The first - a network of data and services that bridge the investments set out above in an integrated way to enable greater analysis and better-informed decision making at both a strategic and operational level to improve energy efficiency, reduced carbon emissions and a greater ability to meet demand in a more cost effective way. The second is the establishment of an open access marketplace from which innovative end-user and business applications can be developed and marketed independently. In addition, the city’s programme to remove cars from the Corridor also provides the opportunity to develop a new mobility component focused specifically on logistics and freight distribution, whilst at the same time exploiting the opportunity to connect new modes of electric vehicle transport the electricity infrastructure set out above.
Manchester’s overall objective is for the Corridor to become one of the largest knowledge rich driven low carbon districts in Europe. In achieving the overall impacts is to decouple a reduction in carbon emissions whilst at the same time increasing economic activity. Very few cities have been able to exhibit this smart green growth and Corridor Manchester has the right conditions and profile to demonstrate this. The rapidly increasing population growth which our urban cores are experiencing (Manchester is the fastest growing city in the UK) will put increased pressure on the way our cities deliver public services, such as housing, transport, energy, water and other basic services including health and education. The cities that compete most effectively in the future will be those that can deliver smart green growth against a backdrop of rapidly increasing urbanisation.