City Centre Bus Station, Stoke-on-Trent

City Centre Bus Station 1

Architect
Grimshaw

Structural Engineer
Arup

Main Contractor
Vinci Construction Ltd

Client
City of Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke Bus Station has a modern and inspirational design that reflects the character and landscape of the surrounding town.

The canopy of the station is an eye-catching and integral part of the design, protecting passengers from the elements, whilst facilitating wayfinding and creating a real sense of arrival and place.

The curved aluminium-clad roof wraps around the perimeter of the site to enclose a glazed pedestrian concourse providing a total of 22 bus stands.

The steel frame resolves what appears as complex geometry in an efficient manner. It is set out as a panoramic section utilising repetitive detailing. Maintaining a 5m clearance to the west, the steel frame expands and contracts as the concourse rises to the north. Details at junctions were designed to allow flexibility of the frame connection enabling ease of erection and simplifying manufacture.

Judges’ comment

This carefully considered scheme will be a catalyst for future urban regeneration. Located on a major roundabout, its striking curved roof form is supported on steel ‘V’ columns, with a palette of materials including glass, aluminium, timber and steel.

This demonstrates how good design can lift the spirits.