Merthyr Tydfil Bus Interchange

Client Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Percy Thomas Architects awarded this year’s Sustainability Award at Constructing Excellence in Wales for the new Merthyr Tydfil Bus Interchange.

Working alongside Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Percy Thomas Architects – part of Capita Real estate and infrastructure, has won the Sustainability Award at this year’s Constructing Excellence in Wales awards for the new Merthyr Tydfil Bus Interchange.

Acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of Merthyr Tydfil town centre, the interchange improves local public transport connectivity and provides commuters with a fully accessible experience, harnessing the opportunity for future integration with St Tydfil Shopping Centre.

The building design, led by our architecture team in Wales, and aided by the Design Commission for Wales, took inspiration from the rich cultural heritage that once defined the town as the iron manufacturing capital of the world.

Taking inspiration from land surveyor, artist, and inventor, Thomas Hornor, the design draws from his painting of 1812, ‘Rolling Mills’, with the dynamic angled roof scape taking its form from the silhouetted milling house roof severed by the shafts of light from the furnaces within.

Painting of Rolling Mills by Thomas Hornor © National Museum of Wales/Heritage-Images

By the nature of its design, the interchange aims to eliminate the anti-social behaviour that was associated with the existing bus station though the introduction of an accessible café and seating area.

The design has involved the use of sustainable building materials while also re-using demolished materials. Electric charging points were provided to support electric taxis and the commissioning of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). Heating and hot water is supplied through renewable energy sources and the public toilets are served through a rainwater harvesting tank.

The recent award win acknowledges the extent of innovative sustainable processes included during construction and throughout the life of the scheme which will be show cased as an exemplar project at COP26 this month. 

“Winning the Sustainability Award is testament to the dedication and strong working relationship of the project team. The commitment displayed ensured that the most sustainable design options were explored and implemented within the scheme; it was truly inspirational and has resulted in Merthyr Tydfil Bus Interchange being selected as an exemplar sustainable building at COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. We hope people enjoy commuting to the station as much as we enjoyed creating it.” Stuart Creedon, Director – Percy Thomas Architects, Part of Capita Real estate and infrastructure.

Percy Thomas Architects formed part of a multidisciplinary team on this project, from our Redstart Partnership; a public-private collaboration between Capita Real estate and infrastructure, Bridgend County Borough Council, Merthyr Tydfil, and Rhondda Cynon Taf. The team included quantity surveyors; structural and civil engineering design; landscape architects and project management specialists.

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Interchange CGI