Haymarket Bus Station, Leicester

About the project

Danaher & Walsh was appointed by Derby-based main contractor GF Tomlinson to carry out £2m of highway and public realm works for the construction of the new £13.5m Haymarket Bus Station in the city centre of Leicester.

Key details

GF Tomlinson & Sons
Project manager
Leicester City Council
Project value
Completed 2016

Key aims and challenges

Our scope involved major highway works in the very busy city centre of Leicester, along with installation of new drainage, ducting, traffic signals and decorative paving. We also carried out ‘on-site’ groundworks for the construction of the new terminal building. 

The existing roundabout and splitter islands at the traffic junction were removed whilst the traffic remained in flow. Existing footways were excavated and ducting installed for new traffic signals and street lighting, before being reinstated. 

Site clearance was carried out and groundworks took place for the construction of the new bus station terminal building, including earthworks, foundations works, kerbing for the new bus stands and on-site drainage works.

New splitter islands were constructed and the highway alignments altered. New highway drainage was installed and connected to the existing system.

As part of the contract, large areas of footway, totalling 3,500m2 along Charles Street and the junction of Belgrave Gate, were paved with Charcon Vianova decorative block paving in both dark grey and anthracite charcoal colours. Various items of quality street furniture were installed, including nine benches, a cycle shelter, cycle stands and bollards.

How did we do?

The works location was at the hub of Leicester’s busy centre, an area extremely busy with pedestrians, cars, taxis and buses. Meticulously planned traffic and pedestrian management was required to ensure safety and minimal disruption for the general public and stakeholders.

This fast-paced, ever-changing environment required us to respond quickly to change and the needs of the wide range of stakeholders. We worked out-of-hours – including weekends, nights and extended day hours – in order to accommodate various stakeholder requirements.

In order to establish these requirements, regular liaison took place with the relevant stakeholders – including the many local businesses and public transport operators – in order to identify potential issues from an early stage and act accordingly. The area is effectively one of two major bus interchanges in the city, which has required us to work closely with the bus operators to enable their services to continue seamlessly.