Merthyr Tydfil’s new bus interchange has won a prestigious third national award in just as many months.
After winning two construction awards in the fall, the bus station was chosen from a list of eight projects as the winner of the RTPI Cymru (Royal Town Planning Institute in Wales) awards for excellence in planning.
The judges described the exchange as “an exemplary project offering an inclusive approach to the design, construction and operation stages that shows how to bring about a substantial change in the functioning of an integrated transportation system.”
“The transport interchange is a state of the art and stunning transport facility that sets itself apart while meeting the public transport needs of Merthyr Tydfil and the region,” they added.
âThe building is visually striking and is an innovative celebration of the modern face of public transport: a role model for others to follow. “
Funded by the Welsh government, Wales’ first fully electric transport hub is the only one that allows electric vehicles to be recharged on site, has no gas or other fossil fuel supply and a recovery tank rainwater for public toilets.
In recent months it has won the ‘Sustainability’ category at the 2021 Constructing Excellence in Wales Awards, with the Council also winning the award. Client of the yearrewarded at the 2021 awards of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in London.
The Bus Interchange was one of eight shortlisted projects by RTPI Cymru described as “outstanding examples of how planning and planners positively impact our quality of life by creating exceptional places and protecting our environment. “.
The judges said the interchange connects several elements of public transport, including bus, taxi and metro rail infrastructure to support the future regeneration and growth of the city center.
“All of this has been done with sustainability at heart, introducing the electrification of public transport and the facility itself, ensuring that green renewable energy sources are given priority, along with other features. key environmental issues, âthey added.
âThe approach was a great example of meaningful and inclusive engagement and there was a strong planning lead and included the Wales Design Commission. “
The award was presented to Judith Jones, Council’s Director of Planning and Neighborhood Services, and representatives of the project’s main contractors, Morgan Sindall and Capita.
The bus interchange will now be automatically awarded at the RTPI UK awards in London next year.