Foster + Partners have won the competition to design the Interchange in Cardiff, England. The trabsit hub will be Cardiff’s central bus station and is also part of the larger Central Square regeneration masterplan, which Foster + Partners is already designing. The firm, thus, is no stranger to Central Square: They have already designed the BBC Wales building and an office building near the interchange. The new transit hub is expected to become a gateway for visitors and commuters arriving by train or bus, and for the rapidly evolving city of Cardiff. A completion date has not yet been announced.
A statement from Foster + Partners explains the impetus and goals of the transit hub design: “The new interchange will be relocated closer to the Cardiff Central train station, allowing greater integration with rail and other transport networks. The new design focusses on legibility and ease of access with the aim of transforming the area into a new transport hub for the city. Designed to provide for a projected future increase in passenger traffic, it features world-class facilities for passengers and staff all under one roof, including an airport-style lounge, shops, cafes and restaurants, and a basement level car-park.
With real-time information displays and dynamic stand allocation, it is designed to cater to the growing demands of one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK.
The mixed-use development also features offices and residential units on the upper floors, and the new public concourse opens directly on to the new public plaza on Central Square, creating an exciting new experience for visitors and residents alike.
Gerard Evendon, Senior Executive Partner at Foster + Partners, said in a statement: ‘We are delighted that our design for the Cardiff Interchange has been selected. The new bus interchange is a vital component of the entire Central Square redevelopment project, which will completely revamp the image of the city. We are committed to delivering a bus station that provides the best passenger experience to the city’s residents, commuters and visitors. We are excited about working with the City of Cardiff council and Rightacres Property Limited to give Cardiff the world-class transport infrastructure it deserves.'”
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