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First look at shortlisted designs in Preston Bus Station contest

The five designs shortlisted in the competition to create a new youth centre at Preston’s grade II-listed bus station have been revealed

The anonymous finalists’ schemes have gone on display at the bus station and an online gallery launched by Lancashire County Council is inviting votes on the schemes.

The public votes will account for 10 per cent of the scores when the judges make their final decision on the winner later this summer.

The five shortlisted schemes

Team 1

Team 1's shortlisted deign in the Preston Bus Station contest

Team 2

Team 2's shortlisted design in the Preston Bus Station contest

Team 3

Team 3's shortlisted design in the Preston Bus Station contest

Team 4

Team 4's shortlisted design in the Preston Bus Station contest

Team 5

Team 5's shortlisted design in the Preston Bus Station contest

The plans will see the 1969 neo-Corbusian concrete building transformed into a ‘vibrant place’ for young people.

Around £23 million will be pumped into revamping the iconic BDP-designed bus station to make it ‘more appealing to passengers’ as well as becoming home to the new Preston Youth Zone Plus.

The threat of demolition had been hanging over the bus station for nearly a decade. But in late 2013 Ed Vaizey listed the popular bus station, which had been voted BDP’s second best building in the practice’s history (AJ 23.09.14)

More than 125 practices from 16 different countries registered to take part in the RIBA-run competition.

Among those known to have entered are Hawkins\Brown, Caruso St John, SimpsonHaugh, RCKa, Moxon Architects and Turner Prize-finalists Assemble.

Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: ‘We strongly feel that it’s important to give people an opportunity to see and vote on these plans.

‘This isn’t a full consultation on the details of each proposal, but it’s a chance for people to see the designs and choose which one they like. Their views will help the judges to decide which scheme is selected. 

‘The grade II-listed bus station will continue to be a major transport hub, but we also want to develop an exciting new space for young people. I’ve seen the five shortlisted submissions and I certainly feel that we’ve got innovative entries that will result in stunning plans for the site.’ 

Readers' comments (2)

  • How much are each entrant being paid for this client equivalent of being let loose in an architectural cake shop?

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  • Preston got a lot for its money. £5k for each shortlisted entry I seem to recall. However even if they have strayed over budget and come up with more substantial buildings than the 25 year design life envisaged it is nevertheless great to see such creative responses to such a dramatic building. I voted for 1, which seemed to me to be closest to respecting the bus station and answering the brief.

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