Preston Bus Station
Lancashire County Council approved plans for a £23m refurbishment of Preston's iconic bus station in late 2014. Improvements will involve the creation of a modern and vibrant public service hub, facilities for young people, bus and coach transport, and an attractive open public space, while at the same time preserving the building's unique brutalist architecture.
Improvements to the station will play a key role in helping to enable the wider regeneration and development of Preston City Centre, supporting the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.
New bus station, coach park and multi-storey car park
A new 33 bay bus station will be created with a 4 bay coach park. The smaller bus and coach facilities would accommodate approximately half of the inside of the ground floor.
The multi-storey car park above the bus station will be repaired and preserved to extend the life of the building for another 25 years.
Preston Youth Zone Plus
The Youth Zone Plus, will feature an indoor sports hall, outdoor pitch, climbing wall, fitness suite and areas for music, dance, arts and crafts. It will occupy around a third of the ground floor on the western side of the building, with a separate sports hall on the western apron outside.
The world class facility will provide somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to, for young people aged 8 to 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities and/or learning difficulties from Preston and surrounding areas.
A more attractive public space
The remaining space on the Guild Hall side will also be developed into an open public area linking to Fishergate.
Improved safety and access
A key objective of the project is to make it easier and safer for people to access the bus station at ground floor level. This area of public space will link into Tithebarn Street, providing easier access for pedestrians visiting the city centre.
There will also be opportunity to review the three subway access points subject to further discussion with St John's Centre and the Guild Hall.
International competition to develop designs
Lancashire County Council launched an international architectural competition to develop designs for a youth zone and public space on the site of Preston Bus Station. The competition ran by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of the county council launched back in February. Entries where shortlisted with the public voting for their favourite design.
The winning entry, with a total of 4215 votes, was New York based firm John Puttick Associates.