The existing 1960’s bus station was a shabby, rundown inadequate structure, an eyesore in the city centre. Its replacement and the redevelopment of the surrounding area was eagerly awaited by Gloucestershire people who had been disillusioned and frustrated for years as consecutive developers considered the project unviable.
Constructed on a live site, in a complex urban historic environment within a restricted city centre, specific challenges surrounding the project involved the council acquiring the land themselves, then the demolition of an existing building. There were planning restrictions; extensive archaeological surveys; ground contamination; unexpected and complicated service diversions; highway changes and a challenging budget.
In addition, complex changes to the road system had to be reconfigured to improve traffic flows at a key junction opposite the railway station, adjacent to the site.
Whist construction took place the existing bus station had to remain fully functioning with bus routes and stops unaltered.
Kier worked collaboratively with the client, architect, subcontractors and end-users to produce a value-for-money, high-quality 21st-century landmark building, delivered on budget and to programme.
Solutions to service diversions involved re-scheduling the building’s accommodation whilst retaining all original functionality and value-engineering methods such as sourcing alternative robust specifications reduced costs.
The innovative design of the roof was a complex engineering challenge: a 78-degree mast supports the canopy which required extensive temporary propping before the critical load transference onto permanent supporting bars took place. Propping removed, the deflection measured exactly as the engineers designed.
Reflecting Gloucester’s Roman heritage a colonnade of columns runs the length of the interior and a section of a 1900-year-old Roman wall discovered in the archaeological dig features as a public display.
Gloucester’s aviation heritage is celebrated in the dramatic concourse canopy which resembles an aircraft wing; punctuated at points, it allows light to flood into the interior.
The building is a stunning interpretation of the brief which was to deliver an iconic yet affordable transport hub which pays homage to Gloucester’s history.
The occupiers Stagecoach, and passengers, have given the new hub an extremely enthusiastic reception. Public reaction is extremely positive, and the hub has itself become a tourist attraction.
The building’s sustainable features include photovoltaics which produce power with the excess sold back to the grid. Changes in the road system have improved traffic flow and created a proper link from the hospital to the city centre. And the project itself has become a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area.
The 46-week build programme facilitated a local spend of £2.3m in labour and materials, engaging with 60 local trades-people, apprentices and trainees at the height of construction.
At the 2018 construction ‘Open Doors’ event, the hub was the most visited site outside London.
" We were really impressed with what Kier could offer and how they also want to have that local focus. So, it wasn’t about a business based somewhere on the other side of the galaxy, it was about those people relationships and the trust and that constant dialogue and communication: that’s only down to the people involved. "Managing Director Stagecoach West
A unique and distinctive regeneration project promoting Gloucester’s unparalleled heritage from archaeology to aviation. The Hub is a highly symbolic part of the rejuvenation of the main entry point into the city, a gateway used in Roman times which is now served by both road and rail.
Creating a viable and affordable facility that brought all Crewe's lifestyle services - pool, gym, sports hall, library, specialist daycare and family service facilities - together under one roof, meeting a diverse range of user needs and building within a constrained town centre site.
Creating a new £19m aviation museum showcasing the role played by the Bristol site in Britain’s aviation history, including a hangar to house the last Concorde ever to fly, restoring a Grade 1 listed First World War hangar to create an exhibition space
Developing more than three million sq ft of award winning speculative industrial space, with sizes ranging from small start-up to national distribution units through Kier Property's Trade City and Logistics City brands.
Rising from the ashes of a decommissioned former nuclear site, SGS Berkeley Green, a converted 1940’s engineering hall, and new University Technical College (UTC) are the first educational buildings to be completed on a new ground-breaking GREEN campus, within Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park.
Designing and constructing a new leisure complex within this holiday village on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon, including toddler and 20m adult swimming pools, Tornado and Twister flume rides, and water playground, gymnasium, other leisure facilities and associated plant and equipment.
Setting up and running a project aimed at giving unemployed young people the opportunity to work on variety of projects at Kier North Tyneside, working with North Tyneside Council and Justice Prince ( a community interest company), and helping the young people learn new skills and grow in confidence.
Enabling Bristol Water to avoid a fine from OFWAT by delivering a new £27m and 30.5km pipeline 10 months ahead of the regulator's deadline for compliance, overcoming biodiversity and sustainability issues, handling the logistics presented by the pipeline passing through five towns and bringing improved water supply to 280,000 customers.
Delivering the £450m Watford Riverwell as a 15-20 year joint venture with Watford Borough Council, which involved regenerating 70 acres of land in West Watford to create residential, office, retail, leisure, industrial and hotel space.
Transforming a tired council facility into a modern new leisure centre in the north of Sheffield, adhering to Sport England guidelines and taking on board local concerns, introducing a bold exterior design and keeping to tight deadlines.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
Partnering Surrey County Council with an innovative scheme that brings vulnerable people in social care into the workplace, supporting these candidates to be able to carry out basic highway works in the community and helping tackle the national social care time bomb.
Kier worked as part of Team Van Ord (TVO) to improve the standard of protection provided to 39,741 properties in the towns and villages of Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, Kingston Seymour and Wick St Lawrence by improving the 3670m of earth bank tidal defences lining the Congresbury Yeo Estuary.
Kier worked as part of Team Van Ord (TVO) on The Steart Coastal Management Project which was the UK’s largest coastal management scheme, helping to protect homes and business from flooding due to climate change and rising sea levels.
Kier used our marine expertise to undertake improvement works to St Mary’s Harbour on the Isles of Scilly, located within areas of national and international environmental and ecological protection.
Kier delivers work for South West Water (SWW) under the ‘MEICA Capital Works Framework’, a multi-disciplinary framework for maintenance, refurbishment and the expansion of water treatment and sewage treatment works.
The design and construction of a sports pavilion, including FA compliant changing facilities, gym, office space and flexible recreation areas. In addition a first floor balcony was incorporated into the design which overlooks the sports pitches.
Kier Design and Business Services working in partnership with the London Borough of Hackney to deliver mixed-use developments and education schemes to create revenue for further local investment.
The addition of high-class sport and leisure facilities for one of the UK’s most distinguished private schools has created flexible, multi-purpose spaces wrapped around the existing centre. Alongside a new sports hall, activity studios, squash courts and a gym, are additional changing rooms, a MUGA and new car park.
Redevelopment of 25 & 37 Greenwood Place to provide a new 3,600m2 resource and community services centre run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. As part of Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme (CIP) it forms a hub for all services that was previously spread across the borough.
As part of the Football Association’s master-plan to build new football facilities in 30 cities by 2020, Kier have successfully delivered four all-purpose football hubs using state of the art 3G artificial grass at key grass-root areas across Liverpool.