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Top award for bus station

Posted onPosted on 4th Aug
Top award for bus station

Mansfield’s £9m state-of-the-art bus station has scooped a second prestigious award for its design and construction this year.

The bus station, which opened in April 2013, has been named as the ‘Best Public Service Building’ in the East Midlands at the Local Authority Building Control Awards.

Judges described the building as “a superb community facility that offers both comfort and protection to visitors and the local community as a working hub into the town”.

The award was presented by ITV Central presenter, Lucy Kite and was collected by Andrew Stevens, Group Manager of Nottinghamshire County Council’s in-house property team and representatives from Mansfield District Council Building Control.

It is the second major regional accolade bestowed on the bus station this summer, after being named Community Benefit building of the year at the East Midlands Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Mansfield Bus Station is one of the busiest in the region, with around five million passengers using it. Features include:

•A ‘floating’ roof design with steel columns clad in Peak District stone
•Digital information screens, with local and national travel information
•A video wall displaying public information, digital artwork from local schools and community groups and advertising
•’Hotel standard’ public toilets
•A shop and cafe
•A range of ‘eco-features’ including ground-source heating and toilets flushed with recycled rainwater from the roof

The bus station cost £9m to build (£12m if land value is included). The project was led Nottinghamshire County Council and Mansfield District Council and the main contractor was Kier Construction.

Coun David Kirkham, Chairman of Finance and Property Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This latest accolade for Mansfield Bus Station is very much deserved and is recognition for many years hard work by officers from many departments of the county and district councils.

“As well as providing a fantastic, modern facility for bus users and boosting the on-going regeneration of the town, the building is a new and impressive landmark in Mansfield which local people can be rightfully proud of.”

Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “We are delighted that once again Mansfield Bus Station has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to both the economy and the community life of the town. We are extremely proud of this state-of-the-art facility, which has come about through the dedication and hard work of so many council officers.”

Victory in the regional event now means that the project will automatically be put forward for a national award in the same category, with the winners announced on 1th1 November.