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In 2015, we won a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects to renovate the Grade 2 listed Brutalist Preston Bus Station and to design the neighbouring Youth Zone, a 2,600 square metre building providing sports, arts and performance spaces for young people in Preston. In its massing, the terraced horizontal forms of the Youth Zone respond to those of the Bus Station, stepping down to address both the existing building and the new public space.  The design also preserves the long views along the Station.  It has been important to respond to the proudly utilitarian quality of Preston Bus Station by designing a new addition to the site that shares and celebrates this robustness just as a youth centre used for sport and as a place for creativity should do. Internally, the plan is organized around a double-height ‘activity space’ that physically and visually connects all the activities on offer to young people.

PBS_youth zone renderPreston Bus Station: Youth Zone, Preston UK 2015-Preston Bus Station: Youth Zone, Preston UK 2015-