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Plymouth Coach Station, built by SWH Civils, is now open

The SWH Civils team at the new coach station


Plymouth’s new coach station, built by our civil engineering division, SWH Civils, for Plymouth City Council was officially opened today by Council leader Ian Bowyer.

Work began in January of this year and saw SWH Civils lead and manage the project from start to finish. SWH Build was also called in to carry convert a former Lloyds Bank building into a ticket office for the new facility. The coach station has seven bays, real time passenger information screens, sail like steel canopies to provide shelter, toilets, a staffed ticket office, ticket vending machines, cycle stand, CCTV, a customer help point and a café concession.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery said: “This will make coach journeys to and from Plymouth a much nicer experience. Bretonside was looking rather tired and unloved so these new facilities represent a great investment in Plymouth, in the city centre and in the people who use the services.”

Hannah Jones, Contracts Manager for SWH Civils said: “It has been a complex project, but we are pleased with the results. We are a regional contractor working solely in the south west and it has been a pleasure to play such a vital role in creating this important piece of transport infrastructure. It’s not just good news for Plymouth, it’s good news for the region.”

Key details about the build:

  • Two giant canopies made of steel are over 5.5 metres high provide shelter for passengers
  • The outside waiting area has been finished off with granite, including staircase and ramp to a pedestrian opening into Cornwall Street
  • 10,000 tonnes of imported stone were used
  • 1,500 square metres of concrete have been poured into the concourse
  • 550 tonnes of granite have laid beneath the canopy
  • Two miles of cables have been laid
  • The coach area spans seven lanes which have been created in a chessboard style which slopes slightly to allow for drainage

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