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Preston Bus Station named as top 100 building

Photo Neil Cross
Preston Bus Station parade
John Wilson

Photo Neil Cross Preston Bus Station parade John Wilson

Preston Bus Station has been named as one of the 20th Century Society’s top 100 buildings in the past 100 years.

The structure, which described by the Society as “one of the most significant Brutalist buildings in the UK”, was listed last September at Grade II despite an overhanging threat of demolition, and has made the cut as the 1969 entry.

It is the only Lancashire building on the list, which will form the basis of a nationwide exhibition and book.

Christina Malathouni, a former 20th Century Society case worker, recommended the station for the accolade. She wrote: “The building’s distinctive contribution to the Preston cityscape and the support of both heritage experts and the general public were a driving force throughout my involvement. The positive outcome constitutes a reward for the Society’s sustained advocacy of C20 architectural heritage.”

John Wilson of Fulwood, a Save Preston Bus Station campaign member, said: “It’s tremendous that the bus station is part of this list, it’s recognition of all the hard work many people have put in to save it.

“It’s not just an important building in Preston, it’s an important, iconic building nationally.”

The building, which was designed by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson of Building Design Partnership, was recommended for demolition by Preston Council in 2012 because it could not afford the £300,000-a-year running costs or the £17m to £23m revamp.

Lancashire County Council took ownership in December, a deal which will unlock around £8.3m of investment.

Mr Wilson added: “This is a 1969 building, and much of it is still 1969. As far as the listed status will allow, the concourse needs bringing into this century with new ventilation, automatic doors that open and close properly, new lifts, more shops, and it needs making safe and secure.”

Other buildings on the list include The Cenotaph in London (1920), India Buildings in Liverpool (1931) and Newcastle Civic Centre (1968).

 

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