Eldon Square Bus Interchange

Desco are working with a team led by Sir Robert McAlpine on behalf of Capital Shopping Centres PLC to design and build all three phases of this £150m regeneration project which will ultimately provide some 468,000ft2 of new retail space and transport interchange.

The projects have entailed the historic Old Eldon Square being regenerated by new landscaping and the provision of restaurant/retail units on the north and west sides. Double height restaurants at the entrance to a new scheme mall overlook the square, and the façade of the existing centre has been remodelled to provide glazed elevations and terracing.

New family restaurants now open on to the west of the square, bringing life and vitality to the area whilst respecting the memorial element of the square.
A new secure and comfortable bus station, with a modern, glass-fronted waiting area, has been created at the north side of the scheme providing direct access for buses to the shopping centre.

The scheme has involved working around and within an existing ‘live’ city centre shopping area which was required to remain fully operational throughout the construction programme.


Eldon Square Bus Interchange



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