Proposed as part of the 2011/12 cycle storage programme, this pilot project consists of the implementation of a secure 'Cycle Hub' at Selly Oak Railway Station. Jefferson Sheard worked alongside Amey to develop Centro’s initial concept into a prototype design which they hoped would increase the use of bicycles and the wider public transportation network in the West Midlands and provide a legacy of safe, convenient and easy to use bicycle facilities for all members of the community.
In order to reflect the world-class facility it provides, Jefferson Sheard produced an aesthetically striking design featuring a curving roof, galvanised steel supports, glass, timber and perforated cladding complete with Centro branded signage and vinyl graphics.
The hub is a secure, weather protected facility offering 20-30 cycle parking spaces. The structure utilises a combination of Sheffield bicycle stands and two-tier parking racks to maximise space.
For maximum safety and protection the Hub is equipped with internal and external CCTV coverage, lighting and 24-hour smart-card access for the members of the scheme.
The Hub uses energy efficient internal lighting with emergency lighting provision and solar power electrical supply.
The design is rationalised to enable the structure to be fabricated from a series of repetitive components; manufactured in a variety of materials and finishes; adapted to suit sloping sites; expanded to increase bicycle capacity; to require minimal maintenance and be of robust design.