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Walsall Bus Station

 Client:   Shepherd Construction Ltd              Contract Value:   Circa £40,000

Striking St Paul’s bus station in the centre of Walsall is dominated by an elliptical roof standing on twelve steel columns. The concrete roof covers an area of 3,171 m2 (34,132 sq ft), beneath which are three bus islands, consisting of a total of eleven bus stands. A smaller aerofoil covers a further three stands. 2.4 metres (8 ft) tall glass screens shelter pedestrians from bus fumes and provide information on bus routes. At each of the bus stands is hardwood bench set within a low concrete wall. The benches were designed to be vandal-proof. At its longest point, the canopy is 80 metres (262 ft) in length and 45 metres (148 ft) wide at its widest point. The sedum-planted roof is covered in ten circular holes with hoods to deflect the wind. There are seventeen similar roof lights in the canopy. The concourse area is two storeys tall and consists of large concrete walls, supporting the columns for the canopy roof. The bus station covers a total area of 9,470 m2 (101,934 sq ft). Keim Mineral Coatings were applied to concrete surfaces, with Leigh’s protective coatings to structural steelwork and Crown decorative finishes elsewhere, another stunning addition to the Johns of Nottingham portfolio of out-of-the-ordinary buildings!


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