Grimshaw Architects competition-winning scheme for Los Angeles’ Union Station has been given the go-ahead
The plans, drawn up with US practice Gruen Associates, include a series of streetscape, open space and transit stop improvements.
Central to the scheme is a new public plaza created by removing a surface car park to the northern side of the station.
The plaza will link to the El Pueblo Historic Monument, where $1 million is being spent on improving the open space.
A new bike hub to the west of the station is scheduled to open in 2017. This will provide parking for around 300 bicycles alongside retail space and a bike repair workshop.
The masterplan will also see the renovation of the historic station, which includes the restoration of its 75-year-old roof and a new heating and ventilation system.
The 1939 station was designed by John and Donald Parkinson and bought by The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in April 2011.
The team saw off competition from EE&K with UNStudio; Foster+Partners with IBI Group; Moore Ruble Yudell Architects with Ten Arquitectos and West 8; NBBJ with Ingenhoven Architects; and Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Parsons Transportation Group, to win the job back in 2012 (AJ 04.07.12).