Michael Davies Architecture were commissioned by Bankstown City Council on behalf of the Ministry of Transport to provide design, documentation and construction stages for the new Bankstown CBD Bus Interchange. The waiting shelters were required to integrate with existing rail facilities to provide harmonious, identifiable, functional public infrastructure in this busy retail and transport hub.
In June 2009, Michael Davies Architecture won a Category One award from The Municipal Engineering Foundation of NSW, for the Design of a Local Government project. The project also received the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia ‘Excellence in Concrete to Enhance the Public Domain – Streets Category’ Award 2009. The biennial CCAA Public Domain Awards are the pre-eminent national awards for the use of concrete in our public spaces. The Awards reco gnise and celebrate exceptional concrete applications, and those responsible for them.
This enables the full width of the footpath to be visible while still providing a sense of security and enclosure for users.
The jury was impressed by the way that a restrained palette of materials, cleverly framed and contained by concrete, has been used to convert this complicated and heavily used suburban interchange into an everyday place of robust legibility, even dignity.