Your chance to design Preston Bus Station’s new youth zone

NEW PLANS: The youth zone will take shape at Preston Bus Station
NEW PLANS: The youth zone will take shape at Preston Bus Station
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A global competition has been launched to find a high class design for Preston Bus Station’s new youth zone.

Lancashire County Council announced in October that it was set to invest £23m to transform the iconic building into a vibrant place with a focus on facilities for young people, bus and coach transport, and attractive open public space.

LCC hope the international architectural competition will help create an appealing exterior for Preston Youth Zone Plus but also preserve the building’s unique and Grade II Listed Brutalist architecture.

The competition has opened today and will be run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

County Coun Jennifer Mein, council leader, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside RIBA, who will bring their extensive knowledge and experience of delivering successful competitions of this type.

“They will help us to ensure we are able to develop and deliver exciting plans for the bus station itself and the surrounding space. We want to see high-quality ideas coming forward for the bus station, whether they’re from here in Lancashire or from elsewhere.

“It’s important that we protect the integrity of this listed building, while creating an exciting new facility for generations of our young people.”

The youth zone will occupy space on the ground floor of the bus station, with a new sports hall on the apron outside.

Hugh Broughton, RIBA adviser, said: “This competition provides an inspiring opportunity to bring creativity and vision to a truly significant listed building in ways which will be engaging and entirely relevant to the people of Preston.”

During the first stage, anonymous design ideas are submitted based on the project brief with advice and guidance from RIBA and other organisations.

The contest will be judged by a panel which will choose a shortlist of five projects, and those five consultants will be invited to work up their designs in more detail.

Then there will also be consultation with the public and local businesses before a final decision is made.

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