Product / system manufacture
Local authority architects, Marshalls internal engineers
Eurovia, AMEY and Balfour Beatty
Transport operator Centro’s aim was to transform the Midlands into one of the leading transport hubs in the UK. The works included a major upgrade of transportation links, with new bus shelters being installed in several cities, and a restructured transport plan.
Multiple sites across a wide area were involved, meaning that cohesion was of paramount importance. Three regions with differing aspirations had to be worked into one overall concept. This also meant working with three separate contractors across each of the locations – Eurovia in Wolverhampton, AMEY in Birmingham, and Balfour Beatty in Solihull – along with different architects in each area.
A number of areas within the project had specific issues to be overcome such as narrow footpaths that required flexibility from the chosen solution.
Bespoke aluminium cantilever Motis bus shelters were chosen as the solution, as Marshalls was able to create side panels to suit the narrower footpath width in urban areas such as Birmingham.
Marshalls were able to provide 3D BIM renders for the client to review at an early stage which assisted in concept design.
As the shelters would be used day and night, public safety was of high importance, so lighting was needed. Integrated photocell lighting ensures that the shelters are lit after dark, whilst also improving energy efficiency and saving running costs by only switching the lights on when necessary.
Bespoke stainless steel M3 seats also provide users with a comfortable and safe environment to wait in after hours.
All 25 shelters and seats in this first phase of the project were customised with Centro’s branding with the logo on the front of the shelters, and the arms of the seats painted in a matching blue colour.
Marshalls’ project management capabilities allowed several large projects to run concurrently and be completed on time with no major issues.
Precise timing and programming of works was important due to the large and complex nature of the project with different sites and teams in Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Solihull.
The high quality finish of the products provides an inviting waiting area for public transport users – the brushed aluminium and stainless steel seats combine a contemporary aesthetic with durability.
The new shelters offer users an instantly recognisable transport point which is cohesive across the Midlands, along with a comfortable and safe area where they can wait safety.
The bespoke coloration and branding also ensures that Centro is prominent in the minds of the public, in such public-facing, city settings.