Stevenage Bus Station wins Constructing Excellence Project of the Year award
Stephen George + Partners (SGP) is delighted to announce that Stevenage Bus Station has won Project of the Year at the Herts & Beds Constructing Excellence Club Awards 2022. The Awards, which highlight innovation in design and construction, were hosted at an event at the BRE Innovation Park in Hertfordshire at the end of May, with the winners going forward to the prestigious Constructing Excellence Regional Awards later in the year.
Designed by SGP, the new £9.6 million 750 sqm Bus Interchange is an early step in Stevenage Borough Council’s long-term plan to regenerate Stevenage Town Centre. SGP’s design delivers a modern bus station with upgraded passenger facilities, as well as improving connectivity between rail, bus and town centre services. A centralised concourse canopy structure is the focus of the new Interchange, housing retail and passenger waiting areas under a simple V-shape roof that over sails the parked buses. The roof overhangs from a central avenue of columns to create the expansive space below and a central barrel rooflight maximises natural light.
The project promotes a greater integration of transport services, creating a ‘sustainable transport hub’ for bus and rail passengers, supporting connectivity and accessibility to the town centre and with London and other parts of the country. With 10 DIRO stands around the central concourse, the design provides for the efficient movement of traffic and people, safely segregating vehicles and pedestrians.
Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “This award recognises the effort that has gone into designing the Stevenage Interchange, both from architects Stephen George + Partners, as well as our construction partner Willmott Dixon who built it during an extremely challenging period. The people of Stevenage deserve modern public transport services, and the value we put in great design has resulted in an exceptional facility that is fit for the 21st century.”
Alistair Branch, Partner & Head of Transport for SGP, said: “We are thrilled to see this stand-out, architecturally strong project win this Project of the Year award. It is particularly exciting because Stevenage Bus Station is the first of our major transport projects to be completed in collaboration with our Head office in Leicester as part of a strategy to grow transport architecture experience outside of the core team in Leeds. It is also a testament to SGP’s ability to share knowledge and technical skills across our offices, enhancing our ability to build practical, design-led schemes and deliver what the client wants.”