Bus station revamp is just the ticket

The redevelopment of Preston’s iconic bus station has received a national architecture award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Owned by Lancashire County Council, the 1960s building - seen as an important example of the Brutalist style - has received a RIBA National Award for buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture.

The architects for the Grade II-Listed station’s redevelopment work were London-based John Puttick Associates and Preston-based Cassidy and Ashton.

Project management was carried out by the county council's own in-house team.

Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, 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.

By making it an inviting and welcoming space, it benefits the Lancashire economy.

“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.”

The RIBA Awards, from the Royal Institute of British Architects, celebrate the best architecture in the UK and around the world.

Architect John Puttick said: “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.”

The redevelopment received three RIBA North West awards earlier this year: the Regional Award, Client of the Year and the Conservation Award.