The area surrounding the bus and coach facility in Colombo was heavily congested and split across multiple sites making interchange more difficult. The site was also disconnected from the railway station leading to further inconvenience for passengers. The site masterplan needed to address the interchange problems and integrate an existing thriving marketplace.
Strengthening the business case for development
We developed a layered interchange solution that delivered clear and direct connections between the various transport modes. The layered site places all the transport modes within one area alongside the existing marketplace, developing a new area for people to congregate and spend time. This design also allows for a phased decant of services during the construction.
During the master planning process, we identified a number of additional sites around the transport hub that could be used for homes, office and hotels and the potential for a commercial over site development. This further development potential strengthens the business case for the interchange