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New York opens bus terminal regeneration contest

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New York’s Port Authority has launched an international ‘design and deliverability’ competition for a new Midtown Manhattan bus terminal

The contest seeks an ‘inspired and qualified’ team to deliver a scalable replacement for the overcapacity Port Authority Bus Terminal building.

Exact details of the new terminal’s location have yet to be decided and the project is expected to take between 10 and 15 years to complete.

Constructed in 1950 and expanded in 1979, the iconic structure features around 220 departure gates and handles 225,000 passengers every day.

The redevelopment project is expected to cost between £5.5 billion and £7 billion and could include a temporary structure, a bus parking garage and new ramps leading to the Lincoln Tunnel which connects New York to New Jersey.

Participants will be required to demonstrate ‘expertise and accomplishment in the design and planning of large-scale, intermodal mass transportation projects within high-density urban environments.’

Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler commented: ‘It’s no secret that the existing bus terminal is ill-equipped to meet the needs of passengers today, much less the needs of the future.

‘The Design and Deliverability Competition, along with the Core Capacity Study, will take into account the continued growth of the region, including the anticipated increase in traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel – as well as on New York City streets – making this a big step forward in developing a comprehensive solution for trans-Hudson passengers.’

Port Authority executive director Pat Foye said: ‘Designing a new bus terminal will require us to carefully develop a scalable plan that can meet future needs, that we are confident can be delivered on time and on budget using our limited capital resources effectively, that maximizes the value of PA-owned air rights and real estate, and addresses the $100 million-plus annual operating loss at the existing facility while minimizing impacts on the community.’

The winner will be decided on cost effectiveness and practicality rather than ‘aesthetic or design criteria’ – according to the announcement.

During the first phase, participating multidisciplinary design-led teams must  show examples of previous work and outline their design approach.

A shortlist of teams – expected to be announced in April – will then be invited to draw up concepts for the new bus terminal.

The winning team – set to be revealed in September – will receive an estimated £700,000 honorarium.

The deadline for applications is 12 April.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

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