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Foster wins Cardiff bus interchange contest

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Foster + Partners has been chosen to design a ‘breath-taking’ new transport interchange in Cardiff city centre

The scheme will also include homes, 18,580m² of offices and a 200 bed-hotel and is being billed as ‘an integral part’ of the wider Central Square regeneration area, which the practice is also masterplanning.

It is understood the AJ120 chart-topping company saw off a list of big names to land the commission following an invited design competition run by Central Square developer, Rightacres Property. Fosters is already working on a £100million headquarters for BBC Wales within the Central Square redevelopment.

The proposed new interchange will link ‘travellers to bus, train, bicycle and taxi networks’ and will sit on the Marland House/NCP car park site. The project has also been designed scheme to ‘allow for the METRO [cable car] concept to be incorporated’.

In March it was revealed the Welsh government was working up plans for the £100 million ‘transformational’ cable car linking Cardiff Bay with the city centre. The METRO concept, part of Cardiff’s bid to get 50 per cent of the people in the city to use public transport, is being drawn up by URS, part of AECOM and Arup.

Speaking about the Foster + Partners appointment, councillor Phil Bale, leader of the City of Cardiff Council, said: ‘We said we would deliver a bus station in Central Square that everyone in the city could be proud of and that’s exactly what we are doing.

‘The design which Foster + Partners has created is simply breath-taking. It will act as a spectacular gateway to Cardiff, one any European capital city would be rightly proud.

He added: ‘The bus station will be designed around a fully enclosed public concourse featuring a large waiting area with airport style lounge facilities.

‘The design incorporates protected walkways that will give access to Cardiff Central train station, a cycle hub and retail facilities and food outlets. People will be able to wait for a bus in comfort and in a safe environment in what will become one of the city’s most impressive public squares.’

Detailed plans are expected to be submitted to Cardiff City Council at the end of 2015.

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