Just as this weekend offers a chance to see inside one of the post-war bus garage icons, there is a chance the following weekend to see inside a very different, yet kindred structure.

Build next to West Ham tube station, the appropriately named West Ham bus garage was built as a result of some sporting event in Stratford needing the land occupied by two other bus depots. They had to go, and got a new building in West Ham.


Whereas Stockwell bus garage is famously made from a vast single span of concrete, West Ham has four sizeable spans of steel. Two of those four spans are also covered in a green roof, which soaks up rainwater which can then be used for flushing toilets and the like.

A token wind turbine does generate about 10 per cent of the electricity the garage needs, so not such a token after all.

It is occasionally open to the public during Open House weekend, but as that is not guaranteed, there is a chance to book paid tours instead next weekend.


For a tenner, you get to find out from the architect, Malcolm McGregor of Pringle Richards Sharratt the design secrets behind West Ham, and the story of its creation from London Transport Museum Research Fellow Oliver Green.

These talks will be followed by a tour of the bus garage by Stagecoach staff.

Tours are at 9:45am and 1pm, and cost £10. Book tickets here.



Be the first to know what's on in London, and the latest news published on ianVisits.

You can unsubscribe at any time from my weekly emails.

Tagged with: ,

This website has been running now for just over a decade, and while advertising revenue contributes to funding the website, but doesn't cover the costs. That is why I have set up a facility with DonorBox where you can contribute to the costs of the website and time invested in writing and research for the news articles.

It's very similar to the way The Guardian and many smaller websites are now seeking to generate an income in the face of rising costs and declining advertising.

Whether its a one-off donation or a regular giver, every additional support goes a long way to covering the running costs of this website, and keeping you regularly topped up doses of Londony news and facts.

If you like what your read on here, then please support the website here.

Thank you

Home >> News >> Architecture