The key challenges for the structural design team were to ensure cyclists’ safety and create an efficient flow within the bicycle park, while delivering an architectural vision which combined form and function. At the same time, the new development needed to be successfully integrated with construction taking place across the station area.
The bicycle park is situated under the station square. Its roof forms the elevated area of the square and is supported by walls and columns within the park. The bike park was designed to have minimal finish applied to the concrete, so the structure is of high quality throughout, becoming a feature of the architectural design itself. Above the station square is a steel canopy supported by seven columns. Three of these are trumpet-shaped and rise-up from the bicycle park to extend for three storeys, dramatically integrating structural functionality and aesthetics.