On a cursory view of the exterior, it is typical of much of the architecture built in the post war reconstruction period in London around the Festival of Britain. There was a steel shortage at the time, so concrete was used for the roof structure instead of the steel girder structure that had previously been the norm.
At Stockwell the opportunity was taken to create a bravura piece of reinforced concrete design. The 393 ft (120 m) long roof structure is supported by ten very shallow "two-hinged" arched ribs. Each is 7 ft (2.1 m) deep at the centre of the arch, 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) at the end, and spans 194 ft (59 m) Cantilevered barrel vaults between, topped by large skylights, span the 42 ft (13 m) between each pair of ribs. The vaults are crossed by smaller ribs to prevent torsion. Seen from the outside, the main arches are visible as outward-leaning buttresses, with a segmental curve to each bay forming a flowing roof line.
The garage provides 73,350 sq ft (6,814 m2) of unobstructed parking space and could originally house 200 buses. At the time of construction it was the largest unsupported area under one roof in Europe.
Since 1988 the garage has been a Grade II* listed building reflecting its importance in post-war architectural and engineering history.
Bus Number Routes
There are a few bus routes in the garage, including:
11 from Fulham Broadway to Liverpool Street
N11 from Ealing Broadway to Liverpool Street (night route)
19 from Battersea Bridge to Finsbury Park
N19 from Clapham Junction to Finsbury Park (night route)
N44 from Sutton to Aldwych (night route)
87 from Wandsworth to Aldwych
N87 from Kingston to Aldwych (night route)
88 from Clapham Common to Camden Town
170 from Roehampton Danebury Ave to Victoria
196 from Norwood Junction to Elephant and Castle
249 from Clapham Common to Anerley Station
315 from Balham to West Norwood
All services run by Go Ahead London General for Transport for London
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