Green light for redevelopment of Partick Bus Station

Tue, September 19th, 2017

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has awarded construction contract

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has awarded the construction contract for the redevelopment of Partick Bus Station, designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, to Luddon Construction Ltd with works due for completion in summer 2018.

Serving one of Scotland’s busiest and most densely populated districts, Partick Bus Station has become part of a vital multi modal transportation hub for West Glasgow integrating bus, rail and subway with national cycle and local footpath networks. It also connects key attractions and city amenities including the Riverside Museum, Glasgow Harbour, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Museum and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The design solution created by lead design consultant Austin-Smith:Lord includes an increase to the number of stances required to meet the growing number of passengers using the station since the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and forecast to use the service following recent and upcoming development within the area.

Fabricated with contemporary materials including curved aluminium cantilevering roofs, structural glass walls, granite plinths and automatic doors, the new bespoke bus stances and waiting space will feature integrated lighting, CCTV, seating and customer information technology and together provide a significant improvement to the customer experience. From project outset, a significant emphasis was placed on improving safety in and around the bus station.

The approved design achieves this by segregating bus movement from other vehicles, segregating pedestrians from the bus manouvering area, creating improved road crossing points and incorporating new lighting. To assist in addressing the complex issue of designing a barrier free public place, the Glasgow Access Panel were consulted as part of the design process.

The emerging proposals and the measures being taken to provide a legible environment; where wayfinding for those with sensory impairment was at the forefront of the design, were fully supported. The public realm linking the new bus station with the existing interchange includes the installation of new granite paving, seating, trees and lighting which will also be extended along the interchange frontage to tie in with the recently completed public realm upgrade works by Glasgow City Council.

Austin-Smith:Lord Project Director/Lead Designer Andrew McCafferty says:

 “We are delighted to have led the design process in collaboration with our design sub-consultants Curtins and SVM. We have enjoyed working closely with SPT and their stakeholders to develop a design solution that will improve the bus passenger experience, promote connectivity with the existing subway/rail interchange and enhance the quality of environment for those who live and work within the area. We are looking forward to working with Luddon to successfully deliver the project for opening in summer 2018.”

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