Road traffic noise in Mombasa
Abstract not availableAs well as being the second largest town in Kenya after Nairobi, Mombasa is the Capital town of the Coast Province. The Mombasa Island is the nucleus of Mombasa Municipality and centre of all types of business - Provincial, District and Civic administration; commercial activities; educational, health and recreational institutions; and shipping. The main link between Mombasa and other towns in the country is the Road Transportation. In Architectural terms, the road traveller into and out of Mombasa has not been afforded proper public road transportation facilities. An architectural solution to provide a passenger interchange and terminal is therefore called for. The Author has taken up the challenge and has aimed at providing an efficient road transit. The Author in his solution has tried to provide a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing human transit environment. Open public spaces in the form of booking and waiting halls, restaurant and bar have been provided. Ample storage spaces for the travellers' luggage have been provided. Waiting- facilities have been split up into two - a hall for longer waiting and short waiting along the main concourse. The project being a public building project, the Author has provided an environmentally balanced solution with minimum support from mechanical devices. This is because cost considerations are important as the only possible financier is the Mombasa Municipal Council. This balance has been achieved by having most of the building '’open", hence the structural system involved. The project has been enriched by landscaping of the well vegetated area next to the building where it is hoped passengers could also be encouraged by the ground treatment offered to wait for their buses sitting in the open under trees. Finally it gives the Author great pleasure to notice the very keen interest that the Mombasa Municipal Council has taken in this project, and it is his hope that the project will soon be realized in order to provide the road traveller with the facilities he has for so long been awaiting.