Is Preston Bus Station one of the ugliest buildings in the world?

Posted on - 22nd August, 2014 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Observations, Preston Bus Station, Preston News
The Bus Station divides Prestonians, nearly 50/50

The Bus Station divides Prestonians, nearly 50/50

Preston’s divisive bus station has been singled out as one of Britain’s ugliest buildings.


John Rentoul, writing on the Independent, has submitted it as his number one in a top 10 ugly British buildings list.

The Bus Station has been highlighted as a “concrete lasagne” in the piece and submitted to a worldwide competition celebrating the worst buildings.

The Dead Prize is a Twitter competition where people can tweet buildings they feel should make architects hang their deads in shame.

Rentoul writes: “As soon as I have written this, I shall nominate all of the Top 10 Horrible Buildings which I compiled recently for The Independent on Sunday’s magazine. As well as Sir Basil’s gruesome legacy, I listed Preston bus station (“concrete lasagne”), the University of York’s Central Hall (“the spaceship”, in the middle of “the largest plastic-bottomed lake in Europe”), the Southbank Centre in London – and Buckingham Palace, just to prove that old buildings can be ugly, too.”


It’s approaching a year since the Bus Station became a grade II listed building, securing its safety after it was earmarked for demolition by Preston City Council.

The building now belongs to Lancashire County Council who are expected to announce their plans for refurbishing it using a pot of £8.3 million.

The Independent seem confused fans of the Bus Station, as it placed the building on its front cover of a Saturday magazine in its tale of love, hate and concrete.

What do you think? Ugly or beautiful? Let us know in the comments below

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