To enable the redevelopment of Bretonside for the major Drake Circus Leisure project in Plymouth, the city needed a new coach station. PBA supported the City Council in developing a new coach station in the city centre and we continue to support British Land on the Bretonside site redevelopment.
From the early design meetings we recognised that while the proposed site on the Mayflower West car park site is well located and very accessible by coaches and users the space available to build it on was highly constrained. Rethinking the operational model for frequent long distance services, requiring seven parking bays, plus offering the “front and back of house” activities that are needed, we had to combine the skills of our experienced bus planners and civil engineers. By taking over and repurposing an existing Armada Way retail unit for the passengers waiting areas we have also created a direct access to the city’s retail heart and tourist attractions.
National intercity services are provided by Megabus and National Express, who also operate the coach station on behalf of the City Council. PBA bus operations consultants provided scheduling advice, design support and costing estimates to support the architects and engineering teams. Our civil engineering teams in Reading and Taunton took the plans through to construction and operation. As is often the case unlocking a key development city centre site requires rethinking the sometimes forgotten activities on the periphery and achieving a win-win outcome through strategic relocation.