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Preston Bus Station youth centre gets go-ahead

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Plans for a new £6.9 million youth centre at Preston’s Grade II-listed bus station by John Puttick Associates have been granted permission by Lancashire County Council

The three-storey building will house a 2,600m2 youth club, including sports, arts and performance spaces.

Backed by Lancashire County Council, it features a pavilion-like design with a glazed facade and colonnade, which is intended to be ‘dynamic and inviting’.

In August 2015, the New York-based practice saw off competition from Flanagan Lawrence, Letts Wheeler Architects, Preston-based Cassidy + Ashton and Sane Architecture from France to win the high-profile job.

The firm’s original concept connected the proposed Youth Zone to the neo-Corbusian concrete landmark designed by BDP. However the design was revised in May 2016 to create a ‘clear distinction’ between the two buildings.

John Puttick Associates said it had revised its concept to make the scheme ‘less complex and more affordable’ and to respond to concerns raised by the Twentieth Century Society and Heritage England.

Practice founder John Puttick said: ‘One of our key objectives has been to design a building maximising available public space in and around the bus station to create a major new square for Preston. This supports the civic quality of the project.

‘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 youth centre used for sport and as a place for creativity should do.’

The youth centre forms part of a wider £24 million scheme redeveloping Preston bus station and the surrounding area. 

As part of this, the practice is also working on the refurbishment of the 1969 bus station where it will pare down the interior, return features to their original colour and reintroduce the building’s Helvetica typeface for signage.

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

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

Work is expected to start on site in September 2017, with a completion date scheduled for the following year. 

Project data

Type of project Youth centre
Location Preston, Lancashire
Client Lancashire County Council
Youth centre operator OnSide
Landscape design Lancashire County Council Highways Department
Structural engineer EngineersHRW
Environmental engineer Skelly & Couch
Acoustic engineer Charcoalblue
Planning consultant Cassidy & Ashton
Fire engineering and inclusive design Buro Happold
Area 2,600m2

Masterplan

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

Site plan

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

Ground floor plan

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

First floor plan

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

Roof plan

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

Elevation details

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

Model

John Puttick Associates' revised design for Preston Bus Station

John Puttick Associates’ revised design for Preston Bus Station

 

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