Lord Norman Foster to design new UK transport hub

Foster + Partners has won the competition to design Cardiff Interchange, the city’s central bus station which forms part of a wider Central Square regeneration masterplan, which is also being undertaken by the firm.

Bordering a public plaza, it will be a new gateway for visitors arriving to the city by train or bus and relocated closer to the Cardiff Central train station, allowing greater integration with rail and other transport networks.

Designed to provide for a projected future increase in passenger traffic, it features w an airport-style lounge, shops, cafes and restaurants, and a basement level car-park. With real-time information displays it is designed to cater to the growing demands of one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK.

The mixed-use development also features offices and residential units on the upper floors, and the new public concourse opens directly on to the new public plaza on Central Square.

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Gerard Evendon, senior executive partner said: “We are delighted that our design for the Cardiff Interchange has been selected.

“The new bus interchange is a vital component of the entire Central Square redevelopment project, which will completely revamp the image of the city.

“We are committed to delivering a bus station that provides the best passenger experience to the city’s residents, commuters and visitors. We are excited about working with the City of Cardiff council and Rightacres Property Limited to give Cardiff the world-class transport infrastructure it deserves.”