Bus station design to stay under wraps a little longer

Jennifer Mein, judging panel member Edward Towers and Youth Zone's Jeremy Glover

Jennifer Mein, judging panel member Edward Towers and Youth Zone's Jeremy Glover

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A select few now know the shape of things to come for Preston Bus Station.

But everyone else will have to wait at least another 12 days to see which design has been chosen for the £13m makeover starting next year.

A hand-picked judging panel, including teenager Edward Towers and campaigner John Wilson, spent a gruelling eight-hour session behind closed doors at County Hall yesterday selecting a winner from a shortlist of five futuristic ideas.

As part of their deliberations, the views of more than 4,000 members of the public were taken into account before the final choice was made.

Coun Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along to the exhibition or vote online. We’re delighted by the level of public interest in these plans for a multi-million pound new youth zone, alongside one of Lancashire’s most striking buildings.

“I think that any of these designs would be an excellent addition to the city. I’m looking forward to finding out which of these great designs has been chosen by the judges. We’re hoping to see work starting on the site next year to create an exciting new centre for young people.”

A total of 4,215 votes were cast by people choosing their favourite design for a revamp of Preston’s iconic bus station.

The plans will see a significant investment in the Grade II listed site, to create a vibrant public space and a home for the new Preston Youth Zone, while preserving the building’s unique brutalist architecture.

There were 3,829 online votes and 386 cast at the public exhibition held in the bus station. The voting accounted for 10 per cent of the final choice, alongside architectural considerations.