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Preston Bus Station to be restored to 1960s glory – and farewell to the subways

Posted on - 11th September, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre
Expect the Bus Station to have better lighting after the revamp Pic: Sonia Bashir

Expect the Bus Station to have better lighting after the revamp Pic: Sonia Bashir

The original colour scheme of Preston Bus Station from the 1960s is due to make a return.

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Detailed plans for the refurb of the grade-II listed building have been submitted.

Alongside the proposals for the £10m Preston Youth Zone – a new building in its own right – Lancashire County Council has also given more details of what it plans to do with the brutalist building.

Loved and hated in equal amounts by Prestonians the building has New York architect John Puttick leading its restoration.

Read more: Local architects brought in to work alongside John Puttick

Plans submitted to the county council outline some major changes including closing off the current subways between the city centre and the Bus Station, as well as changes to light the Bus Station.

A walk through the Bus Station subways could soon be a thing of the past Pic: Tony Worrall

A walk through the Bus Station subways could soon be a thing of the past Pic: Tony Worrall

Mr Puttick said: “We’ll be retaining most of the original materials of the Bus Station and repairing them to bring them back to a good level of finish. We’ll also be reinstating the original colour scheme – such as using dark grey for the timber work on the upper level of the interiors.

“One important step in the refurbishment will be improving all of the lighting. Originally the Bus Station was designed to have most of the lighting integrated with the architecture and directed up at the ceiling, instead of as surface mounted fittings. We’ll be bringing this back.

“The building’s signage is also an important feature of the original design. Although we’ll be updating the signs to reflect the new uses of the building, the original style will be reinstated

“Overall the refurbishment aims to bring back the best of the 1960s design, while adding new elements, where required by new functions.”

Read more: Preston Youth Zone chief defends revamped design

The county council, who now own and operate the building which was previously threatened with demolition, are spending £23m on the revamp of the Bus Station and the building of the Youth Zone.

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