Passenger comfort is essential to the whole 21st Century travel experience and so it is that bus stations are coming of age. Gone are the diesel streaked, wind-swept naked expanses of concrete and tarmac inhabited only by pigeons, drunks and unfortunate late night travelers. Nowadays passenger embarkation terminals are state of the art architectural landmarks that have more in common with the best hotels than ghost towns, and now Wolverhampton Bus Station is no different after commissioning a PTFE roof for it’s terminal.
Wolverhampton is the latest city to have invested in passenger welfare by constructing three steel and glass boulevards, sealed against the elements with 6000m2 of architectural fabric that has been especially profiled to minimise the roofs intrusion onto the cityscape beyond.
The daytime translucency of the fabric and night time feature lighting ensure the friendly ambience is maintained 24 hours a day.
We were commissioned to design, manufacture and install a scheme of fabric architecture to flow seamlessly through the Bentley Bridge Retail Park and would give shoppers that wow factor.
At 1,300sqm, the tensile fabric multi-cone entrance is one of the largest single-piece tensile membranes in the UK. It simply defines the building. The detail in the design is both intricate and precise. Five bold white cone structures are tensioned by a web of cables and rigging, locked into the building by a series of steel parapet posts. An additional 450 linear metres of fabric creates an elegant series of link walkways throughout the park, effortlessly nestling the entrance canopy in its fabulous context.
Architecturally, the retail park delivers a stunning first impression that almost commands you to stop, stand back and take notice.