Teams appointed to carry out bus station vision

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The New York based architect, John Puttick, who won the competition to design the new-look Preston Bus Station
Photo Neil Cross The New York based architect, John Puttick, who won the competition to design the new-look Preston Bus Station
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Design and build teams have been appointed to deliver the refurbishment and redevelopment of Preston Bus Station and the new Preston Youth Zone.

Refurbishment of the existing Grade II-listed bus station and car park will be undertaken by Conlon Construction, a Preston-based firm which has a wealth of heritage experience and marks its 55th anniversary this year.

Keepmoat, a community regeneration and construction specialist which operates across the UK and has significant expertise in public and listed buildings, is in line to build the youth zone.

The projects within the overall development programme will be subject to planning permission being granted.

Both schemes are being supported by Cassidy + Ashton which is providing planning services, working alongside New York-based architect John Puttick for the Youth Zone and Bus Station Concourse, and its own architects for the Car Park.

Preston Bus Station is owned by Lancashire County Council, and the proposals have been created by them, working in partnership with the design team.

Conlon Construction and Keepmoat have worked together previously, with the pair joining forces to rebuild a large area of Lancashire Business Park near Leyland, on behalf of the county council, after it was ravaged by fire in December 2011.

Conlon is also well versed at working with Cassidy + Ashton, with the duo delivering a number of commercial and education schemes.

Alban Cassidy, chartered town planning and environmental consultant at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “We’re very excited to be working on these projects - particularly because it’s on our doorstep and is of great interest to many people, not just those living locally.

“The programme has been very challenging but we have had the opportunity to work with some highly skilled organisations which has made the whole project incredibly rewarding. As a Prestonian I have always been proud of the Bus Station and I am delighted to be able to play a small part in ensuring it will remain for the benefit of future generations.”