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Norwich Bus Station

Newnham Structures were pleased to be instructed by Morgan Ashurst to supply & erect Norwich City’s new flagship Bus Station as part of the city’s ongoing regeneration programme. Designed by NPS architects this award winning £5 million investment opened in mid 2005, and is now at the centre of Norwich & Norfolk bus network.

The distinctive new bus station is an instantly recognizable landmark, with it's canopy spanning 2,200 square meters in size - providing an impressive addition to the city's skyline. At the centre of the larger, ‘plectrum’ shaped canopy, translucent fabric panels have been used to allow natural light to penetrate and reach the main concourse below the 15m span cantilever canopy trusses. The second ‘boomerang’ canopy is separate to the main structure and therefore allows air to circulate between the canopies to help reduce the accumulation of fumes from the buses below.

Newnham Structures were involved from a ‘drawing board’ stage until completion, the boomerang element of the project proved extremely difficult to design / draw due to it’s unusual sweeping design, not generally used in steel construction. Draughtsman Mr Jeremy Grix battled 70 plus hour weeks closely with Mr Michael Spicer (NPS) to provide our workshop with fabrication drawings.

Delivery of some elements of the project was also not straight forward as some of the structural members were in excess of 25 metres, these member were transported on specialist rear wheel turning trailers usually used for moving wind turbine blades.

Erection of some elements – the boomerang and the glazing support steel to the main reception area took place during the night and at weekends to keep the complicated structure on program.

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Below are some comments by the client’s

"I am delighted that this state-of-the-art project is now complete. The new bus station represents an enormous improvement over the previous facility and will provide a greatly enhanced environment for the travelling public."
Shaun Murphy
Deputy Leader of Norfolk County Council and Cabinet member for Personnel, Finance, Property and Corporate Affairs.

"The new bus station is a landmark which Norwich and the county as a whole can be proud of and will ensure that the public have the most high-tech and comfortable environment for waiting and to use."
Adrian Gunson
Cabinet member for Planning and Transportation, Norfolk County Council.

"The opening of the bus station is the biggest single element of our Public Transport Major scheme and this state-of-the-art facility will take public transport locally into the future."
Sam Ralph
Director of Planning and Transportation, Norfolk County Council.

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