The ‘Gate 81′ project has been set up to imagine how Preston Bus Station could be adapted for the future and to strongly encourage all who are interested to develop your ideas using open, shared resources. In December 2012 Preston City Council voted ‘in principle’ to demolish the building and replace it with a surface car park. However, to many, the building is a major cultural landmark and it should be preserved and creatively adapted to serve the city. It should act as a key space to make Preston accessible and temper the decay that is affecting our city, and so many other city centers across the UK. This is a great way to maximize resources and collective intelligence through this very open site. More information after the break.
The project has been set up by Sally Stone and Dominic Roberts of Continuity in Architecture, and Ruth Heritage from creative producers TEC for the citizen interaction project Then The City. The project is supported by Manchester School of Architecture. Gate 81 is a set of downloadable documents and a design workshop. The documents are free and open so that anyone who is interested can create proposals for the Bus Station’s development. They would like you to get involved. No design or building experience needed, only an active, creative interest in Preston Bus Station and its interaction with you and with the city. Please use the resources to imagine a positive future for the building. To learn more about the project, and to get involved, please visit here.