Manchester City Council

Smarter City Case Studies



A European Commission funded consortium aiming to transform designated urban districts into smart quarters in three forerunner cities and then transfer the concepts to three further cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands), and Stavanger (Norway).

Triangulum will transform the quarter in Manchester known as the Corridor, which contains around 72,000 students, into a smart city district. This will entail renovating historical buildings and building up an autonomous energy grid to supply the entire district with heat and electricity. The grid will combine geothermal and district heating with two independently operating electricity grids and a fuel cell that can store excess energy. In addition, all conventional cars are to be banished from the district: according to the scientists’ vision, only electric vehicles, bicycles, and the city’s 'Metrolink' electric tram will be allowed in the Corridor.


For Manchester:

  • The integration of disparate systems and the development of a smart city platform - MCRi
  • The creation of a smart grid in the Corridor
  • A robust, scalable and replicable model of smart city development


  • To find viable solutions to make cities sustainable, smart, and liveable in the future by implementing pioneering concepts for sustainable energy supply, mobility, and information technology.

Financing and Resources

Funded by the European Commission.

Collaborators and Partners

Led by Fraunhofer IAO, 23 European partners from urban municipalities, research, and industry.


Lead Contact: Hayley NixonManchester City Council.

Visit the Triangulum project website