Northern Ireland’s transport authority, Translink is seeking an architect for a £6 million overhaul of Ballymena Bus and Rail Station
The winning team will replace the County Antrim town’s existing train station and nearby bus terminal with a new ‘highly aesthetic’ integrated facility of ‘great architectural merit’.
Ballymena is one of Northern Ireland’s busiest bus stations serving around 5,000 passengers and 600 buses every week.
According to the tender notice, the existing two-storey brick building fails to ‘present a good first impression to passengers or members of the public.’
Key problems include a ‘somewhat awkward’ building layout featuring a passenger waiting area with no visibility of the 25 bus stands and a public entrance situated in an alleyway.
The 1970s railway station meanwhile has ‘limited aesthetic appeal’ – according to the notice – suffering from a small waiting room and ‘fragmented and underused’ staff areas.
The project will improve operational efficiency and create a new integrated bus and rail facility featuring a ‘clean, safe and welcoming environment’ for passengers.
Modern staff facilities, a ‘commercially attractive’ retail space and connections to a proposed new park and ride facility will also be required.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 20 April.
How to apply
View the tender notice for more information
Paul McCollough Translink
3 Milewater Road
Tel: +44 2890354029