Gloucester Transport Hub is now in full operation following an opening ceremony and public open day on 27 October.
BDP designed the £7.5m highly transparent glass-fronted building which offers views of its surroundings and a calm, airy environment.
The landmark transport hub is the first phase of the Kings Quarter regeneration programme and provides a new gateway to the city. The building has a single roof plane resembling an aircraft wing referencing Gloucester’s unique aviation history, as well as providing a dramatic structural form. The wing also has an aerofoil section and is punctuated at various points to allow light to flood into the concourse and bus stands. A section of a Roman wall, discovered underneath the foundations, is also featured within the concourse.
The new terminal has 12 bus bays, a café and shop, public toilets, seating areas and a rest area for drivers. The wide and lofty concourse is fully fitted with digital screens and real time passenger information.
Architect director Neil Sansum said: “The project has been immensely rewarding, not least because of its significance to the people of Gloucester and the enthusiasm shown by those within the client team as the project has evolved through to completion. The design aims to reflect the spirit of place that the city offers. Cotswold stone forms the hub of the terminal and a specially commissioned glass frieze within the concourse illustrates a timeline of Gloucester. These elements are designed to firmly establish the building as being ‘of Gloucester’. We hope the transport hub is a catalyst for the regeneration and continued prosperity of the city.”
Leader of Gloucester City Council, Councillor Paul James, added: “I am absolutely delighted that we are able to announce the opening of the bus station. This is a significant milestone for us in terms of regeneration and I believe it sends out a message that we are determined to deliver the transformation of this part of the city. I know people will be very interested to come and have a look inside so I hope they will take this opportunity to come and see how much more welcoming, modern and efficient the new bus station is.”