Stoke Bus Station
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Stoke Bus Station

  • Sector / Transport & Infrastructure
  • Architect / Grimshaw Architects
  • Main Contractor / Vinci
  • Location / Stoke
  • Products / Complex Structures, Roofing
  • Value / £1m

Lakesmere was responsible for the installation of the new bus station’s dramatic sweeping roof that has been designed in the style of a breaking wave and created using Kalzip XT in a complex combination of straight and tapered sheets As part of the building envelope package, Lakesmere also undertook the installation of the sweeping fascias, gutters, rainwater pipes, smoke vents, access hatches and mansafe system.

The unusual design of the roof, which sees the pitch of the roof increasing to 45 degrees around the curve, has never before been achieved in the UK using Kalzip XT. Lakesmere’s extensive expertise in the use of 3D design technology was instrumental to the project’s success as it 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.

The installers on the project were the same team that worked on another challenging XT project, the London Aquatics Centre. The project therefore benefitted greatly from Lakesmere’s experience of working with the innovative product, particularly in overcoming challenges at the installation stage in terms of gaining access and ensuring accuracy. The installation techniques employed on the Stoke Bus Station project resulted in the successful installation of the XT sheets within the dictated programme periods and without the need to re-design or re-make any elements of the XT roof.

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 and will play an important role in the play an important role in the wider regeneration of Stoke’s city centre as well as becoming an attractive and valuable addition to the city’s transport infrastructure.

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