In addition to designing the new Youth Zone building at Preston Bus Station, we have also refurbished the existing Station dating from 1969. This has involved a careful restoration of existing elements many of which were in good condition but compromised due to visual clutter within the building. In order to reinstate the powerful original design, we have pared down the interior and returned features to their original colour palette and reintroduced the Helvetica typeface for signage. The entry points to the Bus Station have been consolidated, and a main entrance hall established to give spatial coherence to the building improving a sense of orientation and flow. Insertions required to support new functions such as a dedicated Coach Station use discreet contemporary detailing sympathetic to the existing building.
The refurbishment was completed and open to the public in June 2018.
Photographs by Gareth Gardner.