IT’s the latest in designer wear - and it could help in the fight to save Preston’s iconic bus station.
Creative campaigners determined to save the under threat building were urged to enter an architecture inspired t-shirt competition aimed to celebrate “great architecture”.
The Evening Post revealed how many of the entries in the worldwide competition related to efforts to save Preston Bus Station from demolition.
Now the winning designs have been printed and put on sale and Prestonians are urged to buy t-shirts with the winning design by Bernie Blackburn, a photographer and supporter of the bus station campaign.
John Wilson, Preston bus station campaigner, said: “The picture on the front of the T-shirts was designed by Bernie Blackburn who is a Prestonian, photographer and keen supporter of the bus station campaign. The competition was launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and all profits will go to RIBA’s student fund.
“We would urge people to buy this T-shirt as not only does it support a good cause, it will help raise awareness and support for the bus station campaign. We are lobbying Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey to grant Preston Bus Station listed status and a decision is expected in early September.”
Winning designer Bernie Blackburn said: “As a Prestonian and a lifelong fan of our glorious bus station, I was inspired to enter the RIBA t-shirt competition by the news that its owners, the city council, had agreed in principle to demolish the modernist iconic landmark.
“The competition was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the buildings impending demise and garner support for its redevelopment. I hope people will buy the t-shirt and wear it with pride to show their support for our beleaguered icon.”
• The T-shirts are £20 plus £3 postage. Visit: www.ribabookshops.com/item/preston-bus-station-t-shirt-size-l/81011