We were awarded a major works package on the £15 million contract to construct a new bus station.
The building is conceived as two differing curves. An inner edge where the buses park and an outer edge that responds to the surrounding road network and peripheral movements around the site.
The building sits on a raised brick plinth which forms a solid base on which the glazed and metallic structures of the concourse building, canopy and bus drivers’ accommodation building rise out of the ground. The plinth responds to the outer curve or edge of the site.
The brick plinth was necessary to account for level changes around the site. It acts essentially as a large retaining wall. It was important for the plinth to read as a solid, monolithic element when viewed from street level and also from within the concourse building. The brickwork therefore wraps over the top of the wall to prevent the brickwork appearing to be a facing skin. So not to be too oppressive at street level, the wall also rakes back. The sloping geometry of the site is further recognised and enhanced by the plinth wall through setting the bricks to follow the slope, rather than being ‘level’ and therefore stepped. The Staffordshire blue brick responds to regional geography whilst the linear patterns present in the brickwork represent the geology of the region and a coal seam once running through the site.
Stoke City Council
Construction of a bus station for Stoke City Council
Jun-13 / Dec-14