We were awarded the contract to redevelop the existing bus station in Hamilton town centre which has more than three million users per year.
The design and build contract involved the construction of a new control building, boarding stances, a tour lounge and a concrete apron to accommodate 17 bus departures including 6 additional parking spaces. As it was such a busy station, it was essential to maintain a fully functional transport hub while the construction was ongoing, so the work was divided into five separate phases.
The site was bounded by a train station, a taxi rank and a busy main shopping street which included an adjacent high school. These factors alone added significant challenges to the project by ensuring that pedestrian movement and safety in and around the site boundaries was controlled and monitored consistently.
We arranged news letters to the local residents / businesses and general information letters to the public were issued on a regular basis. Temporary footpaths through the site works, and additional directional signage were installed to help direct the public. We also installed CCTV surveillance, to monitor pedestrian movement and security.
The control building included a ticket office, waiting room, office and changing / toilet facilities for Scottish Public Transport staff, a separate facility for the bus drivers and a retail space for future tenants.
The bus boarding facility was split into two separate areas: a continuous glass shelter and boarding area for 14 local services and a separate long distance tour area with its own lounge and three separate boarding areas. All walkways around the station are fully covered with structural steel and glass canopies and each stance has its own state of the art information screens and talking sign facilities.
The work involved the removal of all the existing structures and hard standings, including the diversion of high voltage power cables, gas, water and sewers around new the new building footprint.
Construction work also involved the installation of new concrete foundations and services for the building structures, and a new concrete apron to accommodate bus movements. Steel /glass pre-fabricated covered walkways were created around the development and all done whilst maintaining a fully functional bus station throughout.