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The Gallery | New York firm beats local designers to Preston Bus Station job

New York-based John Puttick Associates has won the keenly contested battle to redesign Preston’s iconic bus station.

The architectural practice will help revitalise the modernist bus station, create an OnSide Youth Zone, and set out a large outdoor public space.

Four other designs were shortlisted for the £13M project, while nearly 100 firms entered the competition, run by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of Lancashire County Council and Preston Youth Zone.

Lancashire County Council leader Jennifer Mein said: “We always knew that the bus station had a global appeal, and the fact that the winning firm comes from New York reinforces this. 

“We’re delighted that a strong design has been chosen for the new Youth Zone Plus and we’ll now be working hard to get it built. This is a significant investment in one of Preston’s most well-known buildings, which will bring exciting new facilities for our young people, for this generation and for future ones.”

The other shortlisted teams were:

  • Cassidy + Ashton, Preston
  • Igor Russo with Flanagan Lawrence Architects, London
  • Letts Wheeler Architects, Nottingham
  • Sane Architecture, France

It is two years since culture minister Ed Vaizey made the shock decision to list Preston’s demolition-threatened bus station.

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