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RIBA 2017 - london

June 2017

RIBA 2017 Project Architect of the Year - London
Martin Eriksson – Transport for London
Project - West Croydon Bus Station
Image ©Agnese Sanvito

"I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for receiving this award. It is a tremendous honour to be acknowledged by such an esteemed organization. Delivering West Croydon bus station alongside a talented design team, in collaboration with Croydon council has been a real pleasure. It is encouraging to receive acknowledgement for a transport infrastructure project of this nature, which has been able to transform West Croydon interchange and contribute to an improved environment for the local community." -- Martin Eriksson, Transport for London

RIBA Judges Comments:

A charming and creative building, made possible by a young and ambitious client representative and in-house architect team. It is a first building in what the jury hopes will be a continuing programme to improve the quality of bus stations across London.

It makes a brilliant case for the value of beautiful design and aesthetics on even small-scale transport infrastructure, and for projects that are fully achievable under budget with the right leadership and vision.

The architect who designed the project trained at Herzog de Meuron and brings an ambition to the project for a bus station as an arts pavilion. The vernacular detailing uses brick, timber, corten and planting, to soften what needs to be an exceptionally robust piece of architecture. The bright bus-drivers’ staff room; elevated to the first floor and surrounded by large windows onto the street below; provides a calm and dignified facility for people working a tiring job. De-cluttering and signage has been very carefully considered against a backdrop of rigid TfL regulations and the delight of people using the bus station was evident.

This Project Also Won: RIBA London Award 2017 and RIBA London Project Architect of the Year Award 2017 - Sponsored by Taylor Maxwell - to Martin Eriksson

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