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Preston bus station secures Grade II listed status

Preston bus station secures Grade II listed status
Preston bus station has been spared demolition after securing granted Grade II listed status.

The city council had earmarked the facility for closure as part of major renovation work but these plans have had to be given a rethink following these latest developments. Preston bus station is one of the remaining piece of 1960s Brutalist architecture and spans over nine storeys providing the city centre with 1,100 parking spaces.

Council officials claimed that the bus station was costing too much to maintain and was planning on knocking it down and replace it with a smaller facility which could adequately serve the city. However, campaigners have been vocal in their support of keeping the bus station in its current place. This has forced the council to review its renovation plans but there could be still some extensive work.?

Due to its new Grade II listed status it qualifies for Lottery Heritage funding which could go some way towards a renovation. The council has estimated the overall costs to be around £23 million that could help the overall investment plan.

Ed Vaizey, culture secretary, said: "It [Preston bus station] represents an important stage in the evolution of integrated design in England – pioneered by Building Design Partnership – with architecture, interior design, engineering, quantity surveying, landscaping, graphic and typographic design working to a common goal.”

One of the most iconic pieces of Brutalist architecture was Trinity Square car park in Gateshead. The imposing building was featured in the 1971 British film Get Carter, featuring Michael Caine and Ian Hendry. The car park was demolished in 2010 despite lengthy protests from campaigners wanting it to remain in the north-east town.

Following the decision to keep Preston bus station two other Brutalist buildings have come under threat. Both Birmingham City library and the Yorkshire Post headquarters in Leeds could be demolished in the coming years.

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Date: 24/09/2013 16:18:31

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