Bus station top of design firm’s poll

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Preston’s bus station is leading a poll of the best buildings designed by an architecture firm founded in the city.

The terminal, which opened in 1969, has attracted more than 100 votes in the Placebook poll run by Building Design Partnership (BDP) to mark its 50th anniversary.

The practice was founded by Sir George Grenfell-Baines in the city in 1961 and has gone on to become one of the biggest practices in the world.

Architecture critic Owen Hatherley, writing for the online BDP Placebook blog, said: “The bus station is held in encouraging public esteem – it recently won a poll for the best building in Preston in the Lancashire Evening Post. Which it is.”

It is more than 80 votes ahead of the concert hall in Perth, Scotland, in second place and the Abito flats on Salford Quays in third place.

To vote for the bus station visit the blog at www. placebook.bdp.com.