The team behind the redevelopment of Haymarket bus station in Leicester has been awarded the contract for a new town centre bus interchange in Stevenage.
Stevenage Borough Council has appointed professional services firm WYG and architectural practice Stephen George + Partners (SGP) to design the interchange in the Hertfordshire new town as part of thed biggest town centre regeneration scheme in the east of England with a gross development value of £300million. Key personnel designed and delivered the Leicester development.
The relocation of the bus staion forms a vital part of the Stevenage masterplan, unlocking a key site to kick-start SG1, the first phase in the council’s long-term plan to regenerate the town centre.
The bus interchange move, from its current location adjacent to the Town Square to an alternative location in the town centre, will be the first step in improving connectivity to the railway station and will provide an upgraded modern bus station with a step change in the quality and level of facilities for users.
John Pattinson, director of WYG, says: “The council’s regeneration of its town centre doesn’t just bring significant social value, but also respects its new town heritage. Delivering this transport interchange will go a long way towards supporting the town’s ambitious growth plans.”
Following an initial public consultation event late last year to understand the public and users’ aspirations for the new interchange, the proposed plans were presented to the public last week to share the preferred interchange design and give the public the opportunity to make comment, ahead of a detailed planning application.