Stoke on Trent City Centre Bus Station   Stoke, UK

Known historically for its rich resources of coal and clay, Stoke’s recent plans for the regeneration of its city centre aim to return the region to prosperity.

Acting as a catalyst for this change, Grimshaw’s competition-winning design for the city’s regional bus station marks out the key transport terminus and offers a coherent interchange for the community.

Wrapping a corner site, the canopy rises and falls to create a mutable form: appearing as a shimmering, contemporary shield to the south, and a welcoming timbered environment to the north with sweeping views to Victorian Hanley.

Tapered down at the ends to shelter waiting passengers from the prevailing wind, the roof extends beyond the station edge to connect with the neighbouring public plaza.

Sitting atop a Staffordshire blue brick plinth with a Carlow blue limestone concourse, the station adopts materials that are resonant in this area. Its gracefully sweeping canopy belies the challenging site constraints, which were carefully resolved to accommodate the difficult routing of buses, the creation of a safe, sheltered environment for passengers and drivers, and a sloping site underpinned by clay and coal.

The curvature of the aluminum-clad roof top provides a total of 22 bus stands, the maximum number of stands that could be created.

“The bus station is light years ahead of its time. It is an iconic, skyline building. The opening of this facility is a landmark moment for the city and marks the start of change in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Pete Price, Stoke-on-Trent City Council Assistant Director Technical Services

Location
Stoke, UK

Project Type
Mass Transit →

Client
Stoke on Trent City Council

Area
1,470 sq m

Status
Complete

Year
2013

Photography
Jim Stephenson