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Stoke Bus Station Contest
Architecture Competition in the Midlands, UK – Architects Shortlist
18 Mar 2010
Stoke Bus Station
Stoke city centre bus station
The competition to find a multi-disciplinary team, including architects, engineers and environmental experts, was launched in the Official Journal of the European Union in December 2009. The short-listed design teams now have 40 days to prepare more detailed submissions to include proposed layouts and external designs. Residents will be consulted about the designs and their views will form part of the selection process.
The aim is for construction is to start on site in 2011 with completion in 2012.
Councillor Brian Ward, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The bus station is the first phase in the multi-million pound new East West shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent. It is exciting to see how much interest has been shown in the development with expressions of interest from top design teams across the country.
“The new bus station will be the first thing many visitors see as they arrive in to the city centre. We want a design which we can be proud of – a safe, inviting and modern building fit for the 21st century.”
Duncan Mathieson, Managing Director of Realis Estates, said: “The exceptionally high quality of the submissions befits a city of the scale and ambition of Stoke-on-Trent. The new bus station is an integral part of our plans for delivering a game changing retail development that will enable the city to become one of the top 30 shopping destinations in the country. Today’s announcement highlights the enthusiasm of everyone involved in this landmark project.”
The city council agreed to grant outline planning consent for the East West project in February 2009 and a development agreement between Realis Estates and Stoke-on-Trent City Council was signed in December 2009. Under the agreement, Realis will make a £4.5 million contribution to the new bus station. Further funding is expected from the city council as well as Advantage West Midlands.
Stoke-on-Trent bus station – main page
Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station Competition – Further Information
The new Stoke-on-Trent bus station is the first phase in Realis Estates’ plans to transform the 1960s-built East West Centre precinct and the existing bus station site.
The 800,000 sq ft East West Centre redevelopment is one of the most important new schemes in the UK retail development pipeline in terms of scale, regional significance and delivery timetable.
The Benoy-designed, mixed-use scheme will include up to 685,000 sq ft (63,700 sq m) of retail space, a range of cafés and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, hotel and public spaces.
The East West Centre is set to become a new regional retail destination which will tempt shoppers back from destinations such as Manchester and Birmingham, bringing a total annual comparison goods spend of up to £1.5 billion to Stoke-on-Trent (source: Javelin 2008). It is forecast that the new development will also create thousands of new jobs in the area. www.eastwestcentre.co.uk
The East West Centre is one of several major projects currently underway or proposed in Stoke-on-Trent, which is one of the UK’s 20 largest cities by population size. The city is set to benefit from more than £1 billion private and public sector investment in projects such as:
– City Waterside – work began in 2006 to deliver 2,400 new homes and refurbished Victorian terraces. Redrow, Gladedale, Keepmoat and Lovell are currently involved in the project.
– Tesco – work on a new 100,000 sq ft Tesco started in January 2010 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
– University Quarter – a £285 million science, media and arts facility based around Staffordshire University and other regional education partners. Phase 1 is currently underway.
– Central Business District – 750,000 sq ft of offices bringing new national and international employers to area.
– Infrastructure – the completion of the Potteries Way ring road around Stoke-on-Trent city centre is currently taking place. A £35 million refurbishment of the city’s train station is also planned.
– Public realm improvements – comprises a multi million pound make-over of the public areas in the Stoke-on-Trent city centre.
The six short listed design teams in more detail are:
– Austin Smith Lord, the practice behind the proposed new €100 million Tara Street Station in Dublin, lead architect with sub consultants Curtins, Hilson Moran & JMP
– BDP, which was responsible for the new Number 1 court at Wimbledon, lead architect with sub consultants Mott MacDonald & AA Projects
– Grimshaw, the architects behind the Eden Project in Cornwall, lead architect with sub consultant Arup
– John McAslan & Partners, which is working on the masterplan for the redevelopment of Marble Arch in London, lead architect with sub consultants Mott Macdonald, AECOM & Billing Jackson
– Wilkinson Eyre, which designed the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, lead architect with sub consultants Arup, Drivers Jonas & Buchanan
– Zaha Hadid, the practice working on the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, lead architect with sub consultants AKT, Savell Bird & Axon, Max Fordham.
More information on the Stoke-on-Trent Bus Station Competition online soon