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Council expects cutting-edge designs for Chatham bus station

Medway Council has said it is expecting a glut of cutting-edge proposals in response to a new competition to design a 'landmark' bus station in Chatham, Kent.

The contest for the new building is part of the ongoing £20 million Medway Waterfront Regeneration Strategy, which North Kent's design tsar Terry Farrell believes can create a 'world-class waterside city' within the Thames Gateway.

The 'innovative' £4 million bus facility will sit on the site of the town's Sir John Hawkins Way car park, and the competition designs must include ways of linking the station to the existing pedestrianised High Street and towards the rail station.

As well as coming up with proposals for a series of 'dynamic' bus stands, entrants will also be asked to design the customer waiting and circulation spaces as well as the external bus parking and manouvering areas.

The improvement of the region's transport infrastructure is key to the regeneration programme, which has been set up as a 20-year framework to handle an expected population increase in the area of at least 20 per cent.

The deadline for requests to participate is 19 January 2007.

For more information see number 2006/S 226-242673).

by Richard Waite

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