When Transport for London ran an open competition to redesign Vauxhall Cross, we knew they were looking for more than a bus station. Our compelling design was the unanimous winner - as voted by the public, creating a new landmark as a beacon for regeneration.
"TO STAND OUT IN THE JUNGLE, THE ARUP ASSOCIATES BUILDING NEEDED TO HAVE STRONG, CLEAR VOICE - AND IT DOES."
Jonathan Glancey, Architecture Correspondent, Guardian
A transport interchange with a difference
It went without saying that our design had to integrate the area’s transport systems and make them easy to navigate. The building integrates an above ground bus station together with gateways to Vauxhall cross tube station. But our team of architects and engineers wanted to create something momentous – a structure that would stand out above the congestion and traffic.
We designed a huge, sculptural ribbon of steel that runs the length of the bus station. Functionally, it acts as a way finder, with undulations designed to correspond to specific bus stops. Aesthetically, it creates an exciting, unusual focal point in an area in desperate need of architectural cohesion.
A new focal point for Vauxhall
Vauxhall Cross’s interchange station has become a focal point for the community. It has stimulated the growth of local businesses, spurred the upgrade of other local transport, encouraged 40% more people to use the area and dramatically improved the day-to-day lives of the thousands of individuals who pass through the station every day.
...AN EXCITING, UNUSUAL FOCAL POINT IN AN AREA IN DESPERATE NEED OF ARCHITECTURAL COHESION...
The realities of urban construction
Over 2,000 buses, 730 overground trains and 712 tube trains stop at Vauxhall Cross every day, bringing thousands upon thousands of commuters, to a place that is also a major road intersection, and a maze of obstructions.
We designed the new interchange so that it could be constructed simply, with minimal disruption to commuters or traffic. And to get round the problems at ground, the ribbon dances its line above, making only infrequent contact.
Green energy supply is an inherent part of the station’s profile. We integrated state of the art, high-efficiency photovoltaic cells into the soaring steel ribbons facing south, which provide a significant proportion of the station’s power needs.
To keep passing travellers informed about the bus station’s efficiency, a digital display reports how much solar energy is being used and how much carbon is being offset.
- 2006 - Structural Steel Award, Certificate of Merit