Tottenham Hale Bus Station Canopies

Tottenham Hale Bus Station 1

Architect
Landolt + Brown Architects

Structural Engineer
Mott MacDonald

Steelwork Contractor
S H Structures Ltd

Main Contractor
Balfour Beatty

Client
Transport for London

The canopy design is based on a series of six steel ‘trees’, each comprising a central tapering trunk supporting six cantilevered branches. At canopy level, a triangulated perimeter beam runs between the tips of each branch to form the outer connection point for a series of tensile cables which radiate from the centre of each canopy to support a single foil ETFE roof. The use of these central columns and cantilevered beams minimises the number of ground level supports, freeing-up the ground plane beneath for the most efficient movement of pedestrians and buses.

The creative collaboration between the design team was key to the successful resolution of every detail, resulting in a design which is easy and inexpensive to maintain, is suitably robust with a steelwork design life of 60+ years, as well as being aesthetically sophisticated.

Judges’ comment

Emerging from Tottenham Hale tube station, there is little doubt where the bus station is located as this imposing steel structure provides a beacon, as well as shelter for bus travellers. The structure is superbly fabricated and finished.

This steelwork is almost crafted to be a sculpture.