Chester Bus Interchange
Proud winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015

Chester Bus Interchange

  • Client / Chester City Council
  • Architect / Jefferson Sheard
  • Main Contractor / Graham Construction
  • Location / Chester West and Chester Borough Council
  • Value / c.£1.2m
  • Completed / 2017

The Lakesmere Group was appointed by main contractor GRAHAM Construction and Jefferson Sheard architects to deliver the large nature roof package at Chester’s new bus interchange.

A key feature of the new U shaped station is the 21m radius Kalzip aluminium roof canopy that has been covered with a sedum green roof supplied by Blackdown. The roof, which comprises a combination of Kalzip’s parallel seam, tapered and XT sheets, has been delivered by Lakesmere’s  Altrincham team. The team also completed the scheme’s curved perimeter eaves bullnoses, soffit details and RW Goods along with a ManSafe system.

Close collaboration between Lakesmere’s design and site based teams was vital to the successful delivery of what was an extremely challenging contract.  Following a full site survey of the steelwork, the design team was able to meticulously set out each phase so that the installation process could be completed more efficiently through the accurate positioning of the support brackets, ST clips and top sheets.  Owing to the extensive design work undertaken prior to work commencing on site, any margin for error during the installation of the roof sheets, particularly on the challenging curved sections of the U-shaped roof, was significantly reduced.

The busy city centre location of the site also meant that health and safety was a key priority. The team completed the necessary training to ensure the safe and efficient completion of the installation work using walkable safety nets.

The scheme’s large nature roof and sustainable design is intended to reduce the environmental impact of the new station which has been created to improve transport links in and around Chester. The project has attracted plenty of local interest throughout construction, not least because of the discovery of a number of Roman artefacts and remains following initial excavations by GRAHAM Construction. The new interchange, which is located on the site of a former car park, is a part of the wider Northgate Development masterplan that will see the site of the current bus station redeveloped to create a new retail space.

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