Project: Regent Centre Interchange

Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
Nexus & Newcastle City Council
Feasibility Study

The Commission

The project involved carrying out a feasibility exercise to consider potential improvements to the existing transport interchange at Regent Centre on the outskirts of Newcastle.

Nexus, in partnership with Newcastle City Council (NCC) commissioned the study to considering improvements to the Metro/ Bus Interchange to address a number of issues that affect the performance of the existing facility, including:

  • The dated appearance and lack of passenger facilities;
  • The significant amount of ‘wasted’ space within the bus interchange;
  • The lack of provision for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • The underutilisation of the car park; and
  • In addressing these existing issues Nexus is seeking to ‘future proof’ the interchange and also unlock potential development around the interchange in the longer term.

Our Input

Fairhurst was appointed jointly by Nexus and NCC to undertake a ‘high level’ feasibility study to examine a wide range of potential options from cosmetic improvements to full remodelling of the Regent Centre interchange and car park. The study also included consideration of a range of potential new facilities and development options aimed at unlocking the potential of the site to create a new sustainable transport hub. The study required a co-ordinated approach from Fairhurst’s transportation, highway, structural design, landscape and urban design teams to produce a range of options, including a number of ‘interchangeable’ elements. This flexible approach allowed Nexus to ‘cherry pick’ elements to form cohesive preferred options.

The findings were presented in a redevelopment and remodelling study that was based around high quality graphics and included ‘before & after’ visualisations of preferred options.

Structural, Traffic and Transportation, Planning and Development, Landscape/Urban Design