ARCHITECTURE / TRANSPORT FACILITIES
Consultant Team: ARG; Lucien le Grange Architects; Triocon (Electrical Engineers); Iliso (Civil & Structural Engineers
Contractor: Boshard Construction
Period: 2001 - 2003
Client: City of Cape Town
Joe Gqabi Terminus is primarily a long distance bus terminal with other secondary modes connected to it. A site of 40 hectares was developed adjacent to the Stock Road Railway station. It was conceived as a series of public courts, defined by street furniture and bounded by the railway. Formally known as the Stock Road Transport Terminus, The terminal offers excellent facilities including indoor waiting areas/ticket offices for passengers, 106 bus loading bays, ample toilets, informal trading areas and Traffic Department offices with a vehicle testing section.
The concept was that buildings, wall and colonnades channelled pedestrians in an open space linking the modes of transportation. The station building is constructed of facebrick and other low maintenance hard wearing materials. The ground floor makes provision for the addition of shipping containers to the main colonnade to create retail opportunities for informal traders.