A new transport hub dubbed ‘gateway to the city’ has just been opened by the city of Gloucester. The project that cost the city a total of $8.1 million was executed by architectural company, BDP.
The company had made a 2015 bid for the project and won, beating 70 other applicants to the project.
The project brief specified that the city needed a ‘functional, yet architecturally stunning’ bus station that was to be executed taking into account budget constraints.
The newly launched Gloucester Transport Hub was completed last month, has a glass-fronted building, and is designed to resemble an aircraft wing, achieving the set objective of being architecturally significant.
The new transport hub is the first phase of Gloucester’s city’s King’s Quarter regeneration project. It has 12 bus bays, a cafe, public toilets, seating areas, and an area specially designed for drivers to rest.
The building is also very transparent, designed that way to provide ‘maximum visual contact and provide a calm, airy environment.
According to the Architect Director of the BDP, Neil Sansum, “BDP’s approach to the design was to create a building which would be embedded in the context of Gloucester without resorting to pastiche. A dramatic, single roof plane which resembles an aircraft wing is a reference to Gloucester’s unique aviation history, as well as providing a dramatic and iconic structural form.”
The just completed project had Julian Stokes Management as project manager, while Method Consulting came on board as Acoustic consultant.