St Thomas Conference Centre, Ardwick Green North
The St Thomas Conference Centre is an accessible, recently-refurbished Grade 2 Georgian Church within easy reach of both Manchester City Centre and Piccadilly Station. The Centre is managed by the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations.
It is easily reached by car or public transport; and is less than ten minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. Free on-street parking is available, outside or near to the centre although these are often filled by commuters and office workers. The centre has made arrangements for safe, secure parking nearby at a cost of £2.50 per day.
St Thomas Centre,
Ardwick Green North,
Tel: 0161 277 1010
For detailed street plan go to streetmap.co.uk.
In practice, there is often adequate on street parking immediately in front to the St Thomas Centre or on nearby streets. However, these can get busy and traffic wardens actively ticket cars that are parked illegally or on the pavements. Comments on parking made by previous delegates have varied from excellent to awful. The St Thomas Centre has joined forces with Powerleague Manchester Central to provide car parking for conference delegates at a reduced cost of £2.50 per day. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from Powerleague to the St Thomas Centre. On arrival at the Power League car park, visit their reception for two tickets (one to be displayed in your car, the other to be handed in to the St Tomas Centre reception together with your payment of £2.50. The address of the Powerleague car park is:
Powerleague Manchester Central
20 Union Street
Tel: 0161 272 7227
If you need further information on parking then it is worth consulting the Parkopedia website
Driving to the Venue
It is difficult to give driving instructions through Manchester. The ‘best route’ is dependent on the starting point, the state of traffic and personal preferences. Here are some thoughts about getting to the car park at Power League. Power League – Manchester South provides facilities for 5 and 7 a side football. It is a large, easy to spot facility sponsored by Lucozade.
From the South
The A34, which becomes Upper Brook Street; the A6 Stockport Road; and the A57 Hyde Road are all good ways of getting to Power League, which is near the meeting point of the A6 and A57 at the roundabout beside the Apollo Theatre. From here take Higher Ardwick, then bear left onto Union Street which takes you past Power League on the right. If you take the A34 then it is probably best to get onto the the Mancunian Way (A635M) East exiting at the A6 South. Then stay on the A6 until the roundabout at the Apollo Theatre; take the first exit onto Higher Ardwick and bear left onto Union Street, which takes you past Power League on the right.
From the North
The easiest way is to get onto the Mancunian Way (A635M), exiting at the A6 South. Then stay on the A6 until the roundabout at the Apollo Theatre; take the first exit onto Higher Ardwick and bear left onto Union Street, which takes you past Power League on the right.
Walking directions to the conference centre are given below:
The St Thomas Centre is 0.5 miles from Manchester Piccadilly Station. You should exit the station by the back entrance, which is signposted for the trams. Exit onto the A6 South (away from Piccadilly), then follow the direction on the map below: