Divisive concrete behemoth Preston Bus Station may yet be saved from its planned demolition. On the heels of a well co-ordinated campaign to save the brutalist monument, local businessman Simon Rigby has stepped in and offered to relieve the council of the building planning refurbish and operate the bus station himself. Read more about the controversy and Rigby's plan after the break... Designed by BDP architects and built in 1969, Preston Bus Station is a hallmark of the civic minded brutalism that emerged in postwar Britain. Once the largest in the world, the eighty-gate bus station was designed to remind travelers of an airport arrivals hall. However, the suitability of the huge deteriorating station has been called into question in the current age of declining bus-use. The building, which costs £300,000 a year to maintain, has fallen into disrepair, parts of it are damaged, its shops have long closed down due to vandalism, and its top floors have been shut-down to save money. Now, the building is scheduled to be demolished as part of the city center's redevelopment plan.
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