Capita Symonds' £4 million bus station in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Looping design inspired by cotton weaving looms
Capita Symonds has submitted a planning application for a £4 million bus station in the centre of Blackburn, Lancashire.
The brief was for a striking yet functional design connected to the pedestrian realm.
The practice devised a lightweight canopy which “sails over” the concourse, looping down to reveal roof lights.
The design is inspired by the cotton weaving looms and drying cotton bundles of the town’s industrial past.
The structure contains 14 bus stands plus space for public functions and community events, a café and retail kiosk in three additional storeys.
A two-storey hub building at the southern end contains a travel information centre and other facilities.
Darwen Borough Council hopes that by relocating the bus station to a new site and a former market, pedestrian footfall will be increased to the neighbouring shopping centre and new market.
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