Vinci Construction UK, a unit of Vinci, has been chosen by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the UK as the principal contractor to build a new bus station in the city.
The bus station has been designed by Grimshaw Architects and will be the first phase of a £350m regional shopping and leisure centre called City Sentral. The bus station is being developed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in partnership with developer Realis to become a gateway to the city. Vinci Construction UK Building Division managing director (North) Chris Hamer said the company is replacing a tired 1960s building with a new visually captivating facility that will kick-start the redevelopment.
"It is exciting to be part of a project that will have such a positive effect for Stoke-on-Trent and improve the public realm," Hamer said.
The city council is replacing the old bus station as the existing facility is unattractive and has insufficient capacity to meet large passenger numbers travelling in and out of the city by bus, the company said. Under the plan Realis will redevelop the existing bus station site along with the adjacent East West precinct to develop City Sentral.
The shopping and leisure centre will include a new 100,000 ft2 department store, more than 80 shops and stores, an 80-bed hotel, multiplex cinema, restaurants, cafes and a multi-storey car park. Realis Estates managing director Duncan Mathieson said that the bus station is an important first step in the City Sentral project and that work is scheduled to progress quickly.
"Once completed, City Sentral will transform Stoke-on-Trent city centre with the stunning new bus station acting as a landmark gateway to the Midland's newest regional shopping and leisure destination," Mathieson said.
Vinci Construction UK has begun work on the bus station, which is due to be completed in December 2012.