North Shields Transport Hub Wins Trio of Awards

The hub was announced the winner in three categories at the Institution of Structural Engineers (Northern Counties) Awards 2023.

North Shields Transport Hub has won three awards at this year’s Structural Awards Ceremony which Desco designed the mechanical and electrical services for the scheme and opened to the public in September 2023.

The Hub won awards in three categories at the Institution of Structural Engineers (Northern Counties) Awards 2023, winning the Large Project Award, Zero Carbon Award, and Most Collaborative Project.

The Zero Carbon Award recognises the sustainable elements of the design, including on-site energy generation through solar panels and heat pumps and making it more convenient for passengers to choose sustainable forms of travel. The design included maximising the use of natural daylight through glazing, translucent polycarbonate and an ETFE roof. The building achieved an EPC rating of A+.

During the process a Life Cycle Carbon Assessment was conducted on the design of the hub at the earliest stage, to reduce the embodied carbon footprint of the project. The design was then amended to use techniques, products, and materials to reduce the embodied carbon by a target of 40%.

The transport hub is the first building to be named Net Carbon Zero in use for North Tyneside Council, as well as being one of the first of its kind in the UK.

The project was constructed by Willmott Dixon and was developed through close collaboration between the design team, including Napper Architects, Desco, civil and structural consultants Fairhurst, transport and highways consultant Sanderson Associates Consulting Engineers, fire safety consultant Centurion Fire Safety Solutions Limited, sustainability and low carbon consultants CBRE, landscape consultant GL Hearn and acoustic consultant Apex Acoustics Ltd.