Leading building envelope specialist Lakesmere is set to make another journey into the transport sector following the contractor’s prestigious appointment to work on the new Stoke-on-Trent bus station.
The £1m contract will see Lakesmere design and install the new bus station’s dramatic sweeping roof that is in the form of a breaking wave. The impressive structure will be created using the innovative Kalzip XT aluminium system and a complex combination of straight and tapered sheets. As part of the building envelope package, Lakesmere will also complete the installation of the sweeping fascias, gutters, rainwater pipes, smoke vents, access hatches and mansafe system. Additionally the team will install a Sika Sarnafil roof, aluminium rainscreen cladding and secondary steelwork to the adjacent concrete frame bus drivers’ accommodation building.
Lakesmere will be working alongside main contractor Vinci to complete the landmark new bus station, which will play an important role in the wider regeneration of Stoke’s city centre. The original concept design was originated by Grimshaw Architects and prior to its appointment by Vinci, Lakesmere delivered a detailed presentation to the client Stoke City Council to effectively demonstrate how the complex design would be successfully achieved and to address concerns about the difficult shape of the building. The specialist contractor’s extensive expertise in the use of 3D design technology provided the required solution and has enabled Lakesmere to create the curved skin of the building from a facetted primary steel frame – a feat that could not have been successfully achieved using conventional 2D design techniques.
Forming part of the £350m City Sentral shopping centre development, the new bus station will provide 22 new bus bays and improved passenger waiting areas as well as an attractive and valuable addition to the city’s transport infrastructure. Lakesmere will begin work on site in Spring 2012 with overall completion of the station expected towards the end of 2012.
Lakesmere’s new appointment to work on Stoke’s new bus station follows a number of recent contracts in the transport sector including London’s Farringdon rail station development, Reading train station and the recently completed Slough Bus Station project.