Following news last week that four post-war buildings had been listed in the UK, the campaign to Save Preston Bus Station reached a victory today when it was announced that Ed Vaizey (Architecture and Heritage Minister) has listed the Brutalist icon, removing the threat of demolition. The campaign, which has garnered words of support from the likes of Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas, has been been underpinned by support from Angela Brady PRIBA, former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Designed by Building Design Partnership (BDP) in 1969, Preston City Council "approved the move to tear down the bus shelter in principle" in December 2012. Alongside this, they "also asked for a second opinion on the £23 million cost of refurbishing it". This led to the Gate 81 Project, supported by Manchester School of Architecture, which was designed to "imagine how Preston Bus Station could be adapted for the future using open, shared resources". After the latest submission to English Heritage, and after three previous failed attempts, the building has been listed at Grade II.
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