New £200m Belfast transport hub on track for completion in 2025
John McAslan + Partners/Arup
John McAslan + Partners and Arup create major facility to regenerate city district
Public transport corporation Translink have announced that work on the new £200m Belfast transport hub is on track to be completed on time in 2025. Designed by the Tendestream members John McAslan + Partners and Arup, the hub is located on an 8-hectare site beside the current Europa Buscentre and Gt Victoria Street Stations, providing a main gateway to Belfast, with rail, bus and coach connections to all parts of Northern Ireland and beyond.
Designed to be fully inclusive for all, the facility is intended to be a catalyst for the regeneration of the area, while ensuring the appropriate infrastructure is in place to encourage a modal shift to attract more people to choose public transport. The hub will replace the existing outmoded and cramped bus and railway stations, which have already reached current capacity, while facing an estimated 50 percent increase in passenger numbers within the foreseeable future.
During 2022, construction progressed rapidly, with a constructed spine wall revealing the dramatic sawtooth form of the transport hub. The emerging building reveals the way the facility sits within the landscape of Belfast and the surrounding hills. Looking ahead, the scheme also incorporates a 135,000 sq m mixed-use development also masterplanned by the John MacAslan + Partners, which will be key to the regeneration of this part of the city and will be built in stages over the next decade or so.
John McAslan, executive chairman at John McAslan + Partners, stated: ‘This major development of an integrated bus and rail transport facility will form a key gateway into Belfast’s city centre. Our scheme improves permeability across the site, integrates the new station with the existing city grain and creates new civic spaces – a high quality urban realm befitting this progressive and ambitious city.'
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This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 04.11.2020 here