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Preston Bus Station Refurbishment / John Puttick Associates

03:00 - 16 July, 2018
Preston Bus Station Refurbishment / John Puttick Associates, © Gareth Gardner
© Gareth Gardner

© Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner © Gareth Gardner + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Preston, United Kingdom
  • Lead Architects

    John Puttick Associates
  • Architect

    John Puttick Associates (concourse refurbishment), Cassidy & Ashton (car park & retail)
  • Area

    31250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

John Puttick Associates Reworks Design for Youth Zone at Preston Bus Station

12:15 - 17 May, 2016
John Puttick Associates Reworks Design for Youth Zone at Preston Bus Station, Courtesy of John Puttick Associates
Courtesy of John Puttick Associates

John Puttick Associates' competition-winning scheme for the Youth Zone neighboring the Preston Bus Station has undergone a major design change, opting for a standalone structure instead of one that directly connects to the station building. “The [Youth Zone] combines the lightness of a pavilion-like design with the gravitas required of any building with a significant community role constructed adjacent to the powerful forms of the Bus Station,” say the architects.

The station building, designed by BDP and completed in 1969, is now a Grade II listed structure. The new design of the Youth Zone seeks to preserve original BDP strategy, creating a spatial unity with satellite structures, what the architects call “a sequence of sculptural objects adjacent to the main [station] building.” The 2,600 square meter (28,000 square foot) Youth Zone will provide sports, arts, and performance spaces to young people in Preston.

Courtesy of John Puttick Associates Design Sketches. Image Courtesy of John Puttick Associates Model. Image Courtesy of John Puttick Associates Courtesy of John Puttick Associates + 16

People's Canopy / People's Architecture Office

22:00 - 29 January, 2016
People's Canopy / People's Architecture Office, © Lain Lynn
© Lain Lynn

Courtesy of  People’s Architecture Office (PAO) © ICP © ICP Courtesy of  People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + 21

Preston Bus Station: What Does the Winning Proposal Say About Open-Call Competitions?

04:00 - 20 August, 2015
Preston Bus Station: What Does the Winning Proposal Say About Open-Call Competitions?, Preston Bus Station (1969). Image via BDP
Preston Bus Station (1969). Image via BDP

In 2013, following a number of campaigns, a 1969 Brutalist icon in the northern British city of Preston was listed. The future of this bus terminal—one of the largest in the UK and the biggest in Europe when it originally opened—was, until last month, a matter of considerable speculation and debate. This week the results of an international open-call competition for proposals transforming into a new youth centre were revealed, selecting the proposal of New York based practice John Puttick Associates as 'the best of the lot.' The 'lot', however, left something to be desired.

Recently Formed New York Practice Wins Competition to Reimagine Preston Bus Station

04:00 - 17 August, 2015
Recently Formed New York Practice Wins Competition to Reimagine Preston Bus Station, Winning Proposal. Image Courtesy of John Puttick Associates
Winning Proposal. Image Courtesy of John Puttick Associates

Following the announcement in 2013 that Preston Bus Station, a Brutalist icon designed by BDP in 1969, had been Grade II Listed and therefore saved from the threat of demolition, the results of a recent international ideas competition to consider its future as a youth centre have been revealed. John Puttick Associates, based in New York, have beaten competition from Flanagan Lawrence, Letts Wheeler Architects, Sane Architecture, and local practice Cassidy + Ashton with their proposal to meet "the challenge of sensitively introducing contemporary design to the existing setting." Over 4200 people voted for their favourite design at an exhibition held in the bus station itself and through and online mechanism, and "were taken into account by the judges when making their final decision."

Preston Bus Station to Become a Youth Centre Under New Proposal

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
Preston Bus Station to Become a Youth Centre Under New Proposal, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

A proposal to ensure the future of Preston Bus Station could see part of the structure converted into a youth centre, as part of a £23 million renovation. The proposal by the building's owners, Lancashire County Council, involves halving the number of bus bays used by the structure to 40, freeing up the western end of the building for other uses, including a sports hall, climbing wall, art centre and outdoor sports pitches.

In addition to the youth centre, the £23 million budget covers renovation to the existing structure and improvements to the surrounding highway. Funding for the proposal will come partly from the council and partly from Preston Youth Zone.

More on the proposal after the break

Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition

00:00 - 24 September, 2013
Preston Bus Station Listed, Escapes Demolition, © Wikimedia Commons
© Wikimedia Commons

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.

UK Monument Preston Bus Station at Risk

13:00 - 11 November, 2011

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) is calling for international attention to the 1969 Preston Bus Station. Once the world’s largest bus station, the brutalist monument is scheduled for demolition as part of the city center’s redevelopment plan. The building is one of thirty UK “at risk” sites featured by WMF.

Ilma Grove / Austin Maynard Architects

00:00 - 17 August, 2011
Ilma Grove / Austin Maynard Architects, © Kevin Hui
© Kevin Hui

© Kevin Hui © Kevin Hui © Kevin Hui © Kevin Hui + 52

  • Architects

    Andrew Maynard Architects
  • Location

    Preston, Australia
  • Engineer

    R Bliem & Associates
  • Building Surveyor

    Building Strategies
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs