Architect says ‘People won’t hate new bus station’

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The architect behind Northampton’s new bus station believes it will not be hated in the future, “ like the current Greyfriars building”.

Work to start the demolition of the Fishmarket in Sheep Street will start on Monday.

Once the old market building is gone, a new bus station for the town will be built in its place.

Architect Ian Sanders designed the new building, which will feature a landmark glass roof.

He said he fully believed the building would be beautiful and would not be a blot on the landscape like Greyfriars has since it was built in 1976.

He said: “I think you can build a beautiful bus station and this one will be quite different to Greyfriars.

“It’s starkly modern, which is what we wanted, but I don’t think it will be hated in the future like Greyfriars. I certainly hope not.”

The new bus station is being built so Greyfriars can be demolished to free-up the land it sits on for redevelopment.

Despite initial public opposition to the change, Mr Sanders said he believed people would eventually love the new station.

He said: “We always get an immediate reaction when people see the plans. Some people like it immediately and with some other people it’s a bit of a grower. But we want it to be memorable.”

The leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) has also insisted Greyfriars will be demolished once the new station is built, not simply left to rot.

He said: “Greyfriars has to go, there’s no option. It has to go to free-up that site.

“I won’t allow it to become a white elephant once the new bus station has opened.

“It’s important the regeneration of the town happens, so it’s important Greyfriars comes down.”

When demolition work starts on the Fishmarket, archaeologists will remain on the site to see if any remains of the town’s medieval Jewish quarter exists beneath the ground.