English Heritage is sending a team of experts to Preston this week to assess the city’s iconic buildings - including its newly listed bus station.
The public body, which is the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment, said it would be looking at buildings such as the Guild Hall and Preston Town Hall, plus the city’s markets and shopping areas, tomorrow.
The Government decided to grant Preston Bus Station Grade II listed status last month after an application by English Heritage.
Preston Council, which has previously said it wants to demolish the station and build a new station in its place, believes it would cost more than £17m to modernise.
The authority is still considering its next move, and could yet apply for demolition.
Preston Council’s Labour leader, Coun Peter Rankin said: “English Heritage are coming up for a full day visit.
“They’re obviously interested in the bus station, but they’re having a look at all of our buildings.
“We’re using them for advice in helping put together our plans for the city centre.
“I think they’re coming to look at what we have in Preston, both good and bad, shall we say successful buildings and ones perhaps regarded as not particularly successful for us.”
Coun Rankin said the council was “moving forward” with its plans for the bus station, but he could not comment further at this stage.
A spokesman for English Heritage said: “English Heritage’s Urban Panel, which helps local authorities, development agencies and others working in historic towns and cities, is visiting Preston at the invitation of Preston City Council.
“The visit has been planned for some time and panel members are looking forward to learning more of the city and county council’s proposals for the development of the historic city centre as part of the wider initiative to grow the local economy.
“The panel aims to provide constructive advice on how the historic environment of the city centre can best be played into this agenda.
“The Urban Panel usually visits four cities every year.”