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Capita Symonds' £4m Blackburn bus station plans submitted

Capita Symonds’ designs for a £4 million bus station in Blackburn have been submitted for planning

The proposed facility, for client Darwen Borough Council, will sit on the town centre site of the former market. 

The facility will contain 14 bus stands plus an additional three layover spaces; space for public functions and community events; a café and retail kiosk; and a focal hub building.

It is conceived as a ‘lightweight elegant canopy that sails over the concourse area’. The outward-facing elements of the building are flat, while the underside of the canopy is free flowing.

A number of glazed slots cut in the canopy allow daylight to penetrate onto the concourse area. Directly below each of the slots is a hanging loop which draws inspiration from the cotton-weaving looms and drying cotton bundles of the town’s industrial past.

The station forms part of the Pennine Reach rapid bus transport scheme, which aims to improve public transport connectivity within East Lancashire.

It is aimed at increasing footfall outside the shopping centre and market in Blackburn, while maintaining a direct link with the rail station and the nearby cathedral quarter development.

Project data

Architects: Capita Symonds
Type Of Project: New bus interchange with associated vehicle hardstanding and public realm areas
Structural Engineers: Capita Symonds
Project Architect: Altaf Master
Client:Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Tender date: Autumn 2012
Start on site date: Spring 2013
Contract duration: to be determined
Gross internal floor area: 1,125m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT
Total cost: £4million
M&e consultant: Capita Symonds
Quantity surveyor: Capita Symonds
Planning supervisor: Capita Symonds
Lighting consultant:   Capita Symonds
Main contractor: to be determined
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: to be determined
Annual co2 emissions:  Not yet known

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