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Competition launched to design Preston bus station’s Youth Zone.

Posted on - 26th February, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Competitions, History, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Redevelopment

bus station outsideA competition launched today, looking to bring the bus station’s £23 million redevelopments back to life with the opportunity to design a new youth zone.

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Back in October, plans for a youth zone at Preston’s bus station were criticised by the city’s youth councillor after the withdrawal of the decision for this to go ahead – despite already knocking down a nursery to make way for the proposed purpose-built home.

The bus station has attracted a lot of media attention over the years, and Lancashire County Council believe that this international competition will not only revitalise the youth zone, but also maintain the unique architecture that surrounds the current bus station.

The competition winning design of the youth zone is expected to occupy the ground floor of the bus station, with a panel of judges whittling down ideas to just five.

The final five, will then be asked to provide more detail of their designs and ideas before a final decision is made based on consultations with the public and local businesses.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched the competition, and Hugh Broughton, RIBA adviser, said: “This competition provides an inspiring opportunity to bring creativity and vision to a truly significant listed building in ways which will be engaging and entirely relevant to the people of Preston.”

For more information on how to enter, visit the RIBA website

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