Re-design announced for Preston Youth Zone and bus station improvements

By Dean

17 May 2016

A revised design has been announced for the new Preston Youth Zone and improvements to Preston Bus Station.

Other changes include the creation of new public space outside the bus station on the city centre side, as well as changes to the road layout, the bus station concourse and the car park levels. Revisions to the plans are part of the preparatory work needed to eventually gain planning approval.

Preston Bus Station is owned by Lancashire County Council, with the new proposals having been created by the design team, led by John Puttick Associates. His original proposal was chosen as the winner of the design competition last year.

“It has also been important to respond to the proudly utilitarian quality of Preston Bus Station by designing a new neighbour that shares and celebrates this robustness, just as a youth centre used for sport and as a place for creativity should do.”

"Our plans for the bus station are a major investment in the city centre, which will also enhance the regeneration of the Markets Quarter. We're working to revitalise this section of the city by improving this major transport hub and providing high quality facilities for public transport users and motorists.

Guy Topping, chairman of Preston Youth Zone, said: “We feel this new and improved design is hugely exciting for the city. The changes have been major steps forward in providing the young people of Preston and surrounding areas with a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time, whilst at the same time preserving the architectural integrity of the listed bus station.

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