The Perth City Link Busport project is the
second and final stage of the AUD249 million Public Transport
Authority’s (PTA) infrastructure project to construct a state of
the art underground Perth Busport replacing the 40 year old
Wellington Street Bus Station.
The sinking of the Wellington Street Bus Station will allow for
the redevelopment and revitalisation of the above ground precinct,
and in doing so the project realises the vision of reconnecting the
CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years.
The Busport design proposal provides a dynamic signature
identity for the new facility – clearly binding the various
components of the Busport infrastructure together as one, creating
a landmark presence in a developing urban environment. The Busport
entry portals will remain legible when eventually built over,
retaining and reinforcing an enduring identity into the future. The
Busport design will enhance and support the integrity of the public
transport services provided to the community.
In a dense, lively precinct with competing adjacent visual
“noise” and complex podiums above, the Busport is clearly
identifiable without excessive dependence on signage.
With the majority of the Busport below ground, connectivity
between above and below ground activities is critical.
The presence of three portals across 200 metres, linking an
extensive underground lounge through a dense retail precinct, leads
to the need for visual connectedness.
Designed to ensure a fluid link between above and below ground
facilities, the sweeping feature soffits of the entry portals
provides passengers a continuous visual link from the Yagan Square
entrance, through the below ground lounge, to the King Street entry
portal which reinforces precinct and wayfinding legibility.
PTA’s design aspiration is for an airport quality lounge which
will feature an Australian first for bus transport - a dynamic
stand allocation system and real time tracking system. The system
will have the flexibility to allocate arriving and departing buses
to different stands each time allowing for a greater number of
arrivals and departures per hour and thereby reducing the footprint
of the new Busport.