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Preston Bus Station revamp given national architecture award

Posted on - 1st July, 2019 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
The distinctive curves of Preston Bus Station Pic: Tony Worrall
The distinctive curves of Preston Bus Station Pic: Tony Worrall

Refurbishment of Preston’s grade-II listed Bus Station has won another accolade.

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has bestowed a national award on the work that took place in the multi-million pound scheme.

The Bus Station was given a facelift by John Puttick Associates and Preston-based Cassidy+Ashton.

With a revamped car park, coach station and moving all the buses to use the eastern side the latest stage of work is seeing the western apron of the building turn into an urban park by Lancashire County Council.

Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “We’re delighted that RIBA has recognised all of the work that went into our redevelopment. Preston Bus Station has been named alongside some major projects and other well-known landmarks.

“The redevelopment of our Grade II-Listed building was always intended to improve and update this iconic building for the people who use it.

“Working with the architects and contractors, including many locally-based ones, we’ve updated this building sympathetically, while enhancing some of the features which make it so unique.

“Thousands of people come through the bus station each day for work or leisure, which brings money into the city. By making it an inviting and welcoming space, it benefits the Lancashire economy.”

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The national RIBA award recognises projects and buildings which have made significant contributions to architecture.

Preston Bus Station is the latest place for an InstaMeet Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Bus Station with work ongoing to the western apron Pic: Tony Worrall

Architect John Puttick said: “I’m delighted that the refurbishment of Preston Bus Station has won an RIBA National Award, building on its success at the RIBA Regional Awards earlier in the year.

“It is particularly gratifying to be recognised for a public project of this type which both revives the celebrated 1960s building and benefits the local community. I would also like to congratulate Lancashire County Council for winning the North West Client-of-the-Year award.”

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The award is the fourth for the Bus Station scheme, it won three awards at the RIBA North West awards earlier this year for the Regional Award, Client of the Year and Conservation Award.

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