New bus station designs are unveiled

New bus station design
New bus station design
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This is what Preston’s iconic bus station and youth zone will finally look like.

New York-based architect John Puttick, whose company won the competition to create the £23.3m revamp, has now submitted a revised design taking into account the wishes of Historic England and the 20th Century Society.

The new look - which now separates the bus station from the new youth zone - was unveiled today by owners Lancashire County Council.

The designs will go on public display between Thursday and Saturday at Stand 3 of the terminus.

Mr Puttick explained: “One of our key objectives has been to design a building maximising available public space in and around the bus station to create a major new square for Preston. This supports the civic quality of the project.

“It has also been important to respond to the utilitarian quality of Preston Bus Station by designing a new neighbour that shares and celebrates this robustness, just as a youth centre used for sport and as a place for creativity should do.”

LCC leader Coun Jennifer Mein added: “Taking time to get the design right now will help this process in the future. It is important that we develop plans to gain the necessary planning approval and ensure that we deliver this youth zone for our young people and improve the bus station for everyone to use.

“Our plans for the bus station are a major investment in the city centre, which will also enhance the regeneration of the Markets Quarter. We are working to revitalise this section of the city by improving this major transport hub and providing high quality facilities for public transport users and motorists.”