It’s not often that a council-owned facility prompts the admiring remark ‘it’s a bit posh’ from the public. Yet Adrian Coleman’s bus station and car park has the quality feel required by the client for a new gateway to a cathedral city.
Despite the value engineering needed to bring the project in on budget after Network Rail withdrew from funding the bridge link to the railway station, Adrian protected the aesthetic of the six-storey car park. Its attractive expanded metal and aluminium composite panelling facade enhances the cityscape. The client’s representative was certainly impressed, declaring it the only project she has ever worked on where the finished buildings are better than the architect’s drawing and computer-generated images.
Along with quality, Adrian hit the other crucial elements of the scheme – budget and timing. His enthusiasm for collective planning allowed joint decision-making on the necessary financially driven compromises while his logical approach picked out a careful and rigorous sequencing that protected the programme. He refused to let the Network Rail funding challenge delay the project, sticking to the original timetable and pulling the team together for a total scheme redesign.
A good communicator, he was up to the challenging task of getting the many stakeholders together to resolve the issue of a culvert running beneath the site and the bus station. He handed over three storeys of the car park seven weeks early, in time for the city’s Christmas market.