Striking new Bus Shelter Design at UEA approved
Our project to design new bus shelters at the University of East Anglia has been granted planning permission. The design for the shelters provides a larger, more accessible sheltered area which will improve safety and reduce crowding. The new bus shelter design is part of Norfolk County council and the UEA’s scheme to improve the image and effectiveness of the public transport infrastructure on campus, enabling a more positive and informative experience whilst encouraging new public transport users.
The design of the shelter is based on a simple ‘kit of parts’ cantilevered steel structure arranged around a central spine. The angles of the roof structure change along the length of the shelter, creating a striking, folded effect to the light weight appearance. The modular nature of the design provides scope for use of the design elements within other structures on the campus.
Low carbon, recycled materials are used where suitable to reflect the UEA’s sustainability aspirations, while some of the seats take the form of swing seats, providing an element of fun to the waiting time.
In the concept stage we created a simple, interactive, peg based model which Kirstin Aitken, Architect at LSI explained “allowed us to try out the effect of different combinations of roof angles along the structural spine. This was also useful for helping to explain the concept of modularity and repeatability and demonstrating how this can be used to create animation along the length of the shelter.”