Maidstone Borough Council is recruiting an architect for a £1 million-to-£1.5 million overhaul of its main bus station on Pad’s Hill
The winner of the estimated £80,000 contract will revamp the busy Chequers Bus Station, which was constructed in the 1960s beneath a shopping centre and has suffered from a lack of investment over recent decades.
The project, planned to complete in 2020, aims to upgrade the user experience while increasing passenger numbers, improving pedestrian and vehicular safety, and unlocking regeneration within the wider town centre.
In its brief the council says: ‘Regrettably, the bus station has never benefitted from a rigorous management or maintenance regime, and this project seeks to address this.
‘[The project aims to] radically enhance the bus station environment and operations to improve its efficiency, attractiveness to passengers and increase bus patronage. The existing bus-station is not fit for purpose due to its décor, general ambience and ease of use.’
Maidstone is the county town of Kent, on the River Medway, with its surrounding borough home to around 170,000 people.
The latest project aims to boost integration between the bus station, shopping centre and nearby supermarket, improve safety and security for pedestrians and vehicles, and create a more efficient and attractive experience for bus users.
Bids will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost. An employer’s agent is also being sought separately for the project.
The deadline for applications is 23 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Maidstone Borough Council
Tel: +44 1622602516