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Preston Bus Station: Refurbishment, Preston, UK 2015-2018

“Throughout, it’s a meticulous and thoughtful renewal and remodelling where necessary. John Puttick Associates have demonstrated how civic buildings that the public has paid for deserve more than their usual fate of being turned into yet more shopping centres.” Jonathan Glancey, BBC Culture

Grade-II Listed Preston Bus Station is a landmark of Brutalist architecture. Opened in 1969, the building remains the UK’s largest of its kind. Our design reorients the building, prioritising pedestrians over vehicles. The bus apron is now consolidated to the east creating a major public space to the west connected to the city centre. The double-height concourse facade has been replaced throughout. Timber-framed doors have been replaced with bronze anodised aluminium that is similar in tone while allowing automation. The façade is animated by a back-lit band and three-dimensional signage. Reinstating the powerful original design, we pared down the interior and restored original materials. Entry points are consolidated and an information hall established to give spatial coherence. New elements are sympathetic to the utilitarian spirit of the 1960s design while clearly being of the present.

The building remained operational throughout construction and works completed in July 2018. The project is fundamentally concerned with rejuvenating this significant public building to contribute to the community.

Photographs by Gareth Gardner.

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