The most successful public transport architecture comes from understanding and balancing process, people and place. To maximise the wider benefits of a successful public transport network, we need to keep an eye on the big picture, with transport as the catalyst for development and connection with the city.

Process

We begin with an understanding of how the system operates. Buses come in different shapes and sizes and negotiate corners differently; trams can only go up certain gradients and come in low floor and high floor; trains are on the whole 23m long, need flat platforms and only go round slight corners. Trivial? We need to understand the system and the process to design a facility that truly works. There is little point in fantastic architecture operations are compromised.

Transport commissioning bodies appreciate that our understanding of the detail is what sets us as apart from other architectural firms: we speak the language of technical jargon and acronyms. It is vital, because as soon as you distance yourself from the technicality, you lose the ability to fully control the ultimate form.

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