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Gate 81: New project attempt to find a creative future for Preston Bus Station

Posted on - 30th January, 2013 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Bus Station

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Three campaigners who want to see Preston Bus Station put to better use are calling for ideas for the future of the building.

Designer Sally Stone and architect Dominic Roberts, from Continuity in Architecture, plus creative director of They Eat Culture Ruth Heritage, have created an idea called Gate 81.

They describe how the Bus Station, which is threatened with demolition after the city council voted to knock it down, could be turned into an “open, shared resource”.

The team say: “Preston Bus Station has 80 gates. We’d like to keep it that way.

“This building is a major cultural landmark and we believe that 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 decacy that is affeecting our city, and so many other city centres across the UK.”

The ideas behind Gate 81 can be found on their website.

The team would like people to get involved and give their opinion on what should happen with the Bus Station.

They say “no design or building experienced needed” as long as people have an interest in the future of the building. An event to discuss ideas for the building will be held in April.

The research is supported by They Eat Culture’s Arts Council project Then The City and Manchester School of Architecture.

What would you like to see happen with the bus station? Let us know your views in the comments below

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