UPDATE The Metrolink stop at Central Park, adjacent to The Sharp Project and on the Rochdale – Didsbury line, is now fully operational. Click here for information on times, tickets, routes and see below for further details.
Satnav – 1 Thorp Road, M40 5BJ (53.50201, -2.19344)
From Manchester City Centre
Head towards the Northern Quarter or Victoria Station, then onto Oldham Road (A62) via Great Ancoats Street. Continue along Oldham Road for 2 miles (3 km) and turn left onto Thorp Road (B6393), then immediately left again into The Sharp Project and press the buzzer.
From the Motorway Network
Head for the M60 (ring road) East, take junction 22 and head towards Manchester city centre along Oldham Road (A62) for 2.5 miles (4 km). Turn right onto Thorp Road (B6393) and immediately left into The Sharp Project. Press the buzzer.
Taxi ranks are located at various points around the city centre, including Victoria and Piccadilly stations. The Sharp Project is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from the centre. For fare information see Manchester Council’s Hackney Carriage Fare Card (download).
The following services pass The Sharp Project:
24, 72, 82, 83, 180, 181, 184, 188, X82 and X84
Buses leave from Stand F on Lever Street. The journey takes about 10 minutes. Look for the Holiday Inn on your right, then “The Gateway” junction on your left, and The Sharp Project is the large building immediately on your left. Alight at the second stop and walk in the direction you were travelling; turn left onto Thorp Road, then left again and report to the security lodge.
24, 72, 181, 182, X82
180, 183, 184, X84
By Metrolink (Tram)
The Sharp Project is now accessible by Metrolink. Our nearest stop is Central Park, which is on the Oldham line (Victoria Station). The Sharp Project’s entrance is approximately a quarter of a mile (400 metres) from the stop. Walk up the hill on The Gateway and then turn left onto Oldham Road, then left again onto Thorp Road, where you’ll find the main entrance on your left. Here is a road map from Central Park.
(Remember, if you’re getting a train from outside Manchester and it says Manchester CTLZ (central/city zone) on the train ticket, you’ll be able to travel to Victoria Station on the tram for free. However, this will not allow you travel for free to Central Park, which is outside the Central Zone. You’ll need to purchase a separate ticket for this journey.)
If your train stops at Manchester Piccadilly or Deansgate, you can use your ticket on the Metrolink (tram) to reach Victoria Station, whereupon you can travel to The Sharp Project by Metrolink tram, although you’ll need to purchase a ticket for the second part of the journey (see Metrolink above).
If your train stops at Oxford Road, you’ll be able to use the ticket to travel to Victoria, from where you can take the tram (see Metrolink above).
Victoria and Piccadilly stations also have taxi ranks; we are located approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from both stations. (Taxi fare information.)
Manchester Airport is located south of Manchester, and is approximately 12.5 miles (20 km) from The Sharp Project by road. The airport has a direct rail link to Manchester Piccadilly railway station, from where you can get a Metrolink tram to Victoria Station and then Central Park (See Metrolink above). (http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/manweb.nsf/Content/Train).