Plans lodged for multi-million pound bus station redevelopment

An application has been submitted for a £15.8m bus station in Halifax.

The proposals, put forward by Stephen George + Partners (SGP) and infrastructure firm AECOM, feature a fully enclosed concourse with 19 stands, enclosed waiting areas, retail and information facilities.

The redeveloped bus station is a key component of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Calderdale Council’s plans to transform public transport within Halifax town centre.

SGP is the architect for the project, while AECOM is lead consultant providing engineering, planning, environment and transport planning.

Alistair Branch, studio director at SGP, said: “Our design for the bus station redevelopment sensitively integrates a number of important listed heritage structures within a modern bus concourse facility, improving safety for pedestrians and enhancing accessibility to the town centre in a state-of-the-art station that meets the aspirations of the client, operators and key stakeholders.”

SGP says it has chosen a contemporary “pavilion” form of design for the building to create a bold gateway to the town centre for passengers and passers-by.

Branch added: “The surrounding buildings all have views towards the bus station from a high level, making the roofscape as important as the other elevations.

“Our design incorporates a fully green roof, with a wildflower meadow over the main concourse to encourage ecological diversity and a sedum green roof over the bus boarding areas to reduce load on the large canopy overhangs.”

The concourse facades will use a combination of glazing and natural stone cladding, respecting the material of the listed Sion School.

The school itself will be integrated into the design, with a colonnade and glazed entrance to frame the view of the school and provide a light airy arrival space. A glazed link will connect the bus concourse with the school.

Branch said: “This is another significant transport commission where SGP will be providing full architectural services with AECOM for client West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

“Halifax Bus Station is a once in a generation project, a statement building, sustainable and future-proofed for new electric vehicles, able to help reduce congestion, enhance public spaces and promote economic activity across Halifax and the West Yorkshire region.”

AECOM’s project manager for the scheme, Kirsty James, said: “This is a further milestone in the delivery of a number of transport schemes within Calderdale that AECOM is proud to work on through the delivery of multi-disciplinary support.

“This investment in the bus station will bring a very significant improvement in the quality of public transport facilities for the residents of Calderdale.”

The project has received funding through the Transforming Cities Fund and match funding from the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.

A planning decision is expected in autumn 2020 and the project is scheduled for completion by March 2023.