STAGECOACH BUS, HERNE BAY
|Contractor:||WW Martin Ltd|
|Construction:||Steel Frame and Insulated Cladding|
|Team||Jason Chandler, James Henstridge, Bradley Hadaway|
OSG Architecture were approached by a local building contractor, WW Martin, who had been commissioned to build a new depot for Stagecoach Bus UK. The brief required a facility that provided an external bus wash and bus parking area, with an internal bus servicing garage and MOT area linked to offices, changing areas, staff mess rooms and training rooms. The servicing and MOT area needed to be able to house up to seven buses at any one time and the facility had to be operational 24 hours a day.
The end user already has a large number of these facilities, so the brief was very clear and the building design reasonably formulaic. The design had been drawn previously by another architect and had achieved planning approval. We took this design and produced a full set of working drawings for the project, collaborating closely with the main contractor, sub-contractors and the end user to ensure that the level of specification would be suitable for the intense use that the building would have to cope with.
Whilst this project was made simpler because of the experience of the client and contractor, there were still challenges that needed to be overcome. Not least of which was the close proximity of Herne Bay Railway Station, which meant that careful planning needed to be undertaken for works adjacent to the railway boundary. Another issue was the main bus access point, which required a portion of verge to be acquired on the opposite side of the road to provide sufficient width for buses to turn. Lastly, the site levels meant that various flights of steps, ramps and retaining walls needed to be designed and incorporated into the hard landscaping scheme