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New entrance to Preston Railway Station narrowly misses out on award

Posted on - 7th September, 2017 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre, Preston Railway Station
The new side entrance has drawn a strong reaction
The new side entrance has drawn a strong reaction

The new entrance to Preston Railway Station has narrowly missed out on winning the Carbuncle Cup 2017.

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The competition is an annual award that highlights the worst new buildings across the UK.

Preston’s entry lost out to an office development in London’s Victoria.

Steve Webberley nominated the railway station’s side extension – designed by AHR – saying it was a “deadening cake tin slapped on its side”.

He said: “This fractured geometric lean-to would seem out of date 10 years ago. It isn’t even that well-planned inside. The relationship with the window line of the brick station is laughable. We’ve come a long way from Brunel. A very long way…”

More: New look Preston Station side entrance triggers scorn

Virgin Trains, who operate the station, and Network Rail, are overseeing a £2million renovation of the mainline station.

They said it was a ‘contrasting structure to create a more modern and passenger friendly environment’.

The design has attracted near-universal condemnation from Prestonians, in part due to how unfaithful it is to the original station.

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