The bus station at Canada Water is situated above the new
Jubilee Line Extension tube station. After arriving here by bus
from neighbouring areas, people will be able to proceed by train
to central London, and vice versa. Consequently, it was important
that the bus station should relate to the exits from the tube
station.The brief also called for bus shelters, a small block of
offices, a services zone, public toilets, a bus control office and
a kiosk serving refreshments. Due to the proximity of two
high-rise blocks of flats, it was necessary to consider the potential
effects of noise and pollution and the residents' view of the
various parts of the bus station.
The alignment of bus routes and waiting islands - together with
the existing road system, the limitations of the boundary lines
and the position of the tube station's main exit 'drum' - in turn
determined the siting of the bus station building, pedestrian
circulation, and the extent of the'cover'. The relatively large roof
is the main element of the scheme. Although its primary function
is to provide acoustic protection for the nearby flats, by virtue
of its sound-absorbing qualities it also improves conditions for
passengers waiting within the station.The roof- in the form of
wings connected by a glass 'crystal' - brings light into the central
waiting area and provides ventilation during the summer.
The accommodation block in the centre, housing services for
both the underground and bus station, is clad in reconstituted
stone, with doors covered in rigidised metal to match the column
cladding. Waiting areas are glass enclosures, situated under a low-
level glass canopy that provides cover for passengers circulating
between the drum and other waiting areas in the complex.
The northern boundary of the station is framed by a glass wall,
with a view to a garden, and on the west side a block housing
the Canada Water underground services incorporates a vertical
glass clerestorey which was necessary to complete the acoustic
performance of the enclosure. A section of this side is also
glazed, giving a view of a landscaped garden.
To improve the environmental quality for passengers, the roof
frames have glass ends to maximise daylight. At night the
station is lit by uplighting from luminaires on the central column
supports.The east side is formed by a mesh screen, a safety
measure to prevent people from taking a hazardous short cut to
the nearby residential development.
Materials were selected to achieve an overall impression of calm
and comfort.The London stocks specified for the west wall by the
Jubilee Line Extension team determined the choice and colour
of all other materials. Added sparkle was provided by the glass
elements and stainless-steel fixtures.