Stevenage Borough Council has appointed Willmott Dixon for an £8m project to build a new bus interchange as part of the town’s 20-year £1bn regeneration programme.
The firm said the project will see it deliver a significant upgrade on Stevenage’s existing bus station by creating a facility with a host of modern features that will make it an important regional transport hub.
The new interchange will include covered waiting facilities with seating areas, toilets, a café, live passenger information boards and what the firm described as greatly improved accessibility features.
Its new location close to the mainline station will also improve routes and connections between the railway station and town centre, with new pathways linking the bus interchange, town square and train station together to provide better connections between the cycle, bus and rail networks.
Council leader Sharon Taylor OBE said: ‘We’re very happy to see the launch of the new bus interchange development and it will mark another major step forward in the wider regeneration programme. The past year has been exceptionally challenging, however we now have four projects underway, which is testament to the strength of our partnerships and to the resilience of everyone we’re working with.
‘The bus interchange development not only significantly improves transport links across the town and provides better and more secure facilities for bus users; it also facilitates the development of other projects, like SG1 taking place. This is a really exciting time for Stevenage and we’re optimistic that this development, combined with our others that are near completion, will provide the boost that people need at the moment.’
The interchange, which was designed by architects Stephen George & Partners, is due to be ready for use by this autumn.
The project is being accelerated by the SCAPE Construction direct award.