Detailed designs for the new city centre bus station are to be unveiled following feedback from residents.
On Wednesday, 24 November, and Thursday, 25 November, final design proposals for the state-of-the-art city centre bus station, which forms the first stage of the new £350million regional shopping centre in the city, are due to go on display at the East West unit in Charles Street.
Feedback from the initial consultation in May has been fed into the designs which are due to be submitted as part of the bus station planning application next month.
People are being invited to see how their comments have been incorporated and make any final suggestions before the plans are submitted. Displays will be exhibited between 8.30am and 2.30pm on Wednesday, 24 November, and 12pm and 7pm on Thursday, 25 November, at the East West retail unit, in Charles Street.
“This is a significant step in the delivery of a new city centre bus station in Stoke-on-Trent. The bus station is the first phase of the £350million redevelopment of the East West Centre and will create a warm and secure facility for travellers. People are being invited to take the opportunity to look at how their comments have been incorporated in to the design before a planning application is submitted.”
Comments during the initial consultation in May included:
* Plenty of public space
* Space for passengers to stay in the shelter before boarding the bus
* Waiting areas
* Shops and book stores or newsagents
* Practical transport movements with preferably a one way in and one way out system
Grimshaw Architects have made sure that all of the comments have been incorporated, where possible, in to the final design which has a dramatic sweeping roof and glazed concourse.
“It is pleasing to see that peoples’ comments have been incorporated in to the final designs. Who better to tell us what will work and how the bus station should be designed than the people that use the current facility day in, day out. The bus station is a major step in the regeneration of the city centre. It will create a safe, warm and state-of-the-art facility for visitors in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.”
The new city bus station will be built on the current John Street surface car park.
A planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the year with work starting on site for the bus station on March 28, 2011.
The East West redevelopment will transform the site of the existing East West Centre to create a new, 750,000 sq ft high quality regional shopping centre that will include a department store, a wide range of new shops, cafÃƒ©s, restaurants, vibrant public spaces, a multi-screen cinema, a hotel and improved parking.
“The bus station will provide a stunning new gateway to the city centre and act as a catalyst for further regeneration in Stoke-on-Trent.
“It forms the important first phase of the redevelopment of the East West Centre, which will revitalise the retail scene in Stoke-on-Trent and tempt shoppers back from cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. The project will create thousands of new jobs as well as providing a major boost to the local economy.”