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Motis bespoke passenger shelters
Centro, the public transport provider of the Midlands, initiated a major upgrade of transportation links, with new bus shelters installed in numerous cities, and a restructured transport plan.
Due to the wide area and differing requirements of the three regions involved in the project, a cohesive concept was essential. It 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 provided their own issues to be overcome, such as narrow footpaths requiring flexibility from the chosen solution.
Bespoke aluminium Cantilever Motis Shelters were specified as Marshalls was able to create bespoke side panels to suit narrower footpath widths in certain areas such as Birmingham. As the bus shelters would be used during the day and night time, public safety was of vital importance, so a lighting solution needed to be in place. Marshalls was able to provide BIM 3D renders for the client to see at an early stage of the project to aid the concept design.
Integrated photocell lighting ensures that the shelters are lit after dark, whilst also improving energy efficiency and saving running costs by only switching on the integral LED lights when necessary. Bespoke M3 seats also give users a comfortable and safe environment to wait in after hours.
All 25 of the shelters and seats in the first phase of the project were customised with Centro’s branding. The front of each of the high-quality shelters bears the Centro logo, and the arms of the M3 seats were custom-painted in the blue colour to match.
Marshalls’ project management was a huge asset to this project. With large projects running concurrently, precision timing and programming of works was a necessity. Despite the large and complex nature of the project with different sites and teams in Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Solihull, it was completed on time with no major issues.
The high-quality finish of the products provides an inviting waiting area for public transport users. The brushed aluminium and stainless steel seats are contemporary and durable.
The new shelters offer users an instantly recognisable transport point which is cohesive across the Midlands, along with a comfortable and safe waiting area.
The bespoke coloration and branding across all the new street furniture additions also ensures Centro is prominent in the minds of the public.