Preston Bus Station
protected from demolition


News: the brutalist 1960s bus station in Preston, England, has been safeguarded from demolition after being declared a Grade II-listed historic building by the UK government.

Architecture minister Ed Vaizey announced earlier today his decision to protect the concrete post-war building, which was set to be replaced by a smaller bus station as part of a regeneration of Preston's city centre.

The result marks the end of a long campaign to save the structure that was designed in the 1960s by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson of architecture firm BDP. This was the fourth time the building had been put forward for listing and its protection has been supported by a host of architects including Richard Rogers and OMA.

Preston Bus Station protected from demolition

Former RIBA president Angela Brady, who backed the campaign, has praised the move. "Well done. A great decision to list [Preston Bus Station]," she commented on Twitter.

Meanwhile Catherine Croft, director of heritage organisation The Twentieth Century Society, said: "This is fantastic news and long overdue."

"Obviously it's not the outcome we were hoping for," said city councillor Peter Rankin, who had supported the demolition. "We've always said the bus station is too big, provides relatively poor facilities for bus passengers and costs Preston taxpayers over £300,000 a year to maintain. We will have to take some time now to consider the listing decision and the options for moving forward."

Grade II listed buildings are considered "nationally important and of special interest" and alteration or demolition requires listed building consent, making it harder - but not impossible - for the bus station to be knocked down.

  • Dave Carcamano

    Too bad…

  • Steff Sulinski

    Shame it’s staying. It’s falling to pieces, it’s a horrible place to be and has a high record of people throwing themselves off. It’s going to cost the town a fortune to do it up, which will never happen. It would better for the city if it went.

    • PΔUL

      High record of people throwing themselves off? Hmmm… can you back this up? I’ve never heard of it all the time I have lived here.

  • PΔUL

    Great news, I think this could be a step forward in creating more events and interactivity in the community.

  • shaurz

    Why people want to save such horrible buildings is beyond me. It seems to be twice as high as a bus station needs to be.

  • alex

    The team are in the process of applying for lottery funding I believe. As a nationally important monument to brutalist architecture, it will hopefully receive most of the money needed.

    Although you may not like it, it’s certainly the most exciting building Preston has. If people think of it as the Tate Modern before it was refurbished, they will get an idea of the aspirations the team behind its listing have.

  • PΔUL

    By making use of the space and celebrating what is to a lot of people, an iconic piece of Architecture