Stoke-on-Trent City Council has launched a search for a design team to build a new city centre bus station
The £12 million station will replace the existing modernist Hanley bus station, which will be demolished. The City Council is looking for a multidisciplinary design team for the project, which is part of the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership’s wider regeneration project for the city. The larger redevelopment includes the East West Shopping Centre designed by Benoy (pictured right).
Stoke-on-Trent is the 8th largest conurbation in England with up to 1,600 buses using the bus station each day. Approximately 44 per cent of all visitors to the city centre travel by bus and according to the city council, ‘It is key that the quality of design creates the right impression on arrival for many years to come.’
The competition will be run on a two stage basis with the intention being to select four teams from the initial EOI’s to progress through to the formal design competition.
Councillor Brian Ward, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: ‘The new bus station will be a focal point for visitors to the city so it is important that we get a first class design. With the new East West Centre and Central Business District being built in the city over the coming years, we can expect to welcome thousands of new visitors every year. The bus station will be the first impression many people get of the city so it is important that it is a place that we can be proud of. We are looking for a design that will be warm, safe and fit for the 21st century.’
Expressions of interest closure date: 29 January 2010
Selection of final four: 12 February 2010
Competition entries return date: 2 April 2010
Formal award: 3 May 2010