Landmark Chester Bus Interchange opens to the public with striking timber, steel and grass curved roof

Graham Construction has successfully delivered the new £13million Chester Bus Interchange, with the landmark facility now open to the public and full services in operation. A key element of the £300million Chester Northgate in the city centre, the interchange will significantly improve transport links in the region.

The interchange employs an innovative horseshoe design, housing 13 bus stands providing easy access into all areas of the station. The building was constructed using individual glued laminated timber roof rafters with steel purlins to achieve the state-of-the-art curved structure. In addition to the building’s unique profile, it incorporates an eco-friendly grass roof made up of a combination of plants and soil that will improve air quality as well as help to develop biodiversity and wildlife in the local area.

Gary Hughes, Graham Construction North of England regional director said:

“We are immensely proud to create this gateway for the city of Chester. This building acts as a landmark for those arriving by public transport and its striking appearance will have an instant impact on how people perceive the city.

“The Chester Bus Interchange has been a fantastic project to work on, and we are particularly pleased with the outcome of the eco-friendly roof we have installed. Not only does this feature make the building stand out, it will improve air quality and biodiversity as well as reducing the effect of the drainage run off on the local sewer network.

“This project is a key enabler of the regeneration of the wider area and I look forward to seeing the benefits that the community will enjoy from having such a quality facility.”

The new interchange forms an integral part of Chester’s One City Plan, providing an eye-catching first impression of the city and improving the surrounding public realm and pedestrian links.

Cheshire West and Chester Council were the clients for the project. Councillor Brian Clarke, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said:

“The completion of the Bus Interchange marks a major milestone for Chester Northgate. The old bus exchange site forms a large part of the footprint for the new hotel, market, cinema, shops and restaurants being planned.

“The Interchange connects to the city centre by the newly landscaped Frodsham Street. Cheshire West and Chester Council is investing in a vibrant Chester through a wide range of projects.”

The 24-hour interchange hosts 90 bus movements per hour and is also used by National Express coaches for long-distance journeys.

Throughout the course of the project Graham Construction maintained a strong dialogue with the local community, providing regular updates for residents and offering bespoke on-site educational programmes for students at local schools and colleges.

Graham Construction has a proven track record within the infrastructure sector, delivering a range of complex transport, rail and airport projects across the UK.