Birmingham Coach Station located in the centre of Birmingham within walking distance of the iconic Selfridges building, is a new state of the art, coach station and headquarters building for National Express.
Opened in December 2009, the new coach station, offering airport levels of comfort, accommodates 16 coach bays plus layover space, retail concessions and 23,000 sqft of office space.
In line with National Express’ philosophy of providing green transport the new building has been designed with sustainability in mind. The main building is clad using recyclable bronze copper and a green sedum roof tops the coach canopy helping to reduce rainwater runoff and provide a visual amenity for office users. High amounts of natural daylight, upgraded thermal elements and naturally ventilated concourse spaces all demonstrate a commitment to reducing CO2.
The scheme was assessed under a ‘bespoke’ BREEAM method for the coach station element and ‘office’ method for the remaining areas. Both assessments achieved ‘excellent; ratings.
The final element of the scheme saw the inclusion of public art within the development. The red, recycled steel, boundary screen around the site forms the centrepiece of the Digbeth Public Art Project funded and commissioned by National Express to integrate public art into the coach station development. The project won recognition by winning the ‘Jaguar Land Rover Arts & Business Award’ for specific community engagement and contribution to regeneration and sustainable growth.
BIRMINGHAM COACH STATION
Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, UK
Project Lead: Roman Strzala