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First look at Capita's Blackburn bus station

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Capita has completed this new bus station on the site of a former market in Blackburn town centre


The 1,127m2 station, which forms part of the Pennine Reach rapid bus transport scheme, includes a tourist information centre, welfare facilities and flexible spaces which can be used for community events.

Designed as a lightweight canopy and with an original budget of £4 million, the building’s roof oversails the concourse and glazed slots within it allow daylight into the space below.

The 90m-long building is supported by six ‘sculptural loops’ which the practice said have been ‘inspired by cotton weaving looms’.

Blackburn bus station by Capita

Blackburn bus station by Capita

Source: Nick Gutteridge

The bus station in its context

Project data

Location Blackburn
Type of project transport interchange
Client Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Architect Capita
Landscape architect Capita
Planning consultant Capita
Structural engineer Capita
M&E consultant Capita
Quantity surveyor Capita
Planning supervisor Capita
Lighting consultant Capita
Main contractor Eric Wrights Construction
Funding DFT
Tender date June 2015
Start on site date June 2015
Completion date April 2016
Contract duration 11 months
Gross internal floor area 1,127m2
Form of contract JCT with quantities
Total cost undisclosed

Ground floor plan

Blackburn Bus Station by Capita

Blackburn Bus Station by Capita

First floor plan

Blackburn Bus Station by Capita

Blackburn Bus Station by Capita


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