Client: Nottingham County Council
Architect: Nottingham County Council
Main contractor: Kier Construction
Teamkal Contractor: Met-Clad Contracts Ltd.
Tata Steel products: Kalzip® aluminium standing seam system, Kalzip® planking, Kalzip® aluminium fabrications
The design team were challenged with the creation of this main terminal building and to link its adjoining footbridge to the nearby railway station creating an innovative and convenient new integrated public transport interchange for the Mansfield area as well as contributing towards a package of improvements designed to deliver swifter, greener travel in Nottinghamshire.
It was also a requirement of the brief to create a fully enclosed building that provides complete protection against the weather. The state-of-the-art terminal also boasts a café, shop, toilets and a travel information centre which, combined with comfortable seating, sustainable under floor heating, electronic information displays and 24 hour CCTV surveillance, provide a relaxed, functional and safe waiting environment.
Over 1,800 sqm of Kalzip® aluminium standing seam and a similar quantity of Kalzip® liner and decking sheets were specified and installed on the bus station and link-bridge. The Kalzip® roofing sheets (PVF² 3-coat to Pearl Copper, RAL 8029) together with Kalzip® planking for the soffits and an array of bespoke Kalzip® aluminium fabrications (powder coated to RAL 8029) were also the architects choice to complete the design.
Mansfield Bus Station’s light and airy airport style concourse has been achieved by the use of architectural steel columns located around the building’s perimeter that provide an abundance of open space internally which is further enhanced by large areas of floor to ceiling glazing. Varying in heights of up to 8 metres, these bespoke steel columns are intended to resemble the trees of the nearby Sherwood Forest - each trunk is topped with a splay of 6 tubular steel branches of differing lengths and angles to structurally support the ‘floating’ Kalzip® roof that gently curves and undulates in 3 directions.
The design successfully creates a contemporary building structure with a natural feel by using local Peak District stone to blend with the copper coloured Kalzip® standing seam sheets used for the roofs of the main terminal building and 16 triangular departure bays. The same applies to the copper coloured aluminium Kalzip® planking used for the soffits and all the complex aluminium flashings and fabrications that were designed and manufactured by Kalzip® using the latest 3D CAD techniques.