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No way out as Preston bus station faces wrecking ball

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Developer Grosvenor has rubbished rumours that it was considering a reprieve for the much-loved Brutalist bus station in Preston.


Under the developer’s current masterplan proposals, drawn up by BDP, the concrete behemoth is earmarked for demolition to make way for new shops.



However, reports had emerged that the 1969 station could be saved, and that plans were afoot to remove the ‘public-transport function’ and use the building as a multi-storey car park.



According to the rumourmongers, the cost of retaining and converting the building - which ironically was originally designed by BDP architects Keith Ingram and Charles Wilson - would be cheaper than building an all-new car park.



But Grosvenor has quashed the rumours, saying the main thrust of the Tithebarn regeneration project had not altered and that there were no proposals to keep the station.



Grosvenor’s Anthony Gill said: ‘We are still proposing that the bus station goes. Although there are the nuts and bolts to sort out, the design is pretty much settled - certainly in terms of where the new bus station goes.’



Previous bids to try and list the station have failed and, despite strong opposition from local campaigners such as an 84-year-old former Desert Rat (AJ 18.11.05), the concrete structure now looks certain to be bulldozed.



by Richard Waite

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