New Youth Zone building & Grade II bus station refurbishment
Following the Grade II listing of Preston Bus Station by English Heritage in 2013, the Council hosted an international design competition, seeking development solutions for the iconic structure. The brief called for a brand new Youth Zone building, together with a new landscaped public space on the adjoining western apron, plus the refurbishment of the existing bus station to provide a fit for purpose, sustainable, modern-day facility for passengers.
The position, form and orientation of the new Youth Zone building is designed to protect and enhance the essential qualities of the listed bus station, whilst creating a new building with its own strong architectural presence. The simple rectangular form is softened with a playful, repetitive, modular external screen, which provides a visually striking identity for the Youth Zone centre. The building is conceived as a big, warehouse-like space, simply arranged around an atrium that connects the key activities and social areas together, to create a strong sense of community.
Our modest and simple proposals for the refurbishment of the bus station concourse would dramatically improve the generosity of space available to passengers, with clearer access and orientation points. Passenger facilities would also be brought up to modern expectations, with an enhanced retail and café offer, together with new seating and waiting areas.
Addressed by both buildings, the new urban park will act as a natural, green contrast to the Brutalist bus station, softening the impact of its monumental concrete and glass elevation. The space has been designed along pedestrian desire lines that connect to the new portal entrances. A series of incidental spaces are provided to stage a wide range of activities and events, alongside discrete, human-scaled landscaping areas, ensuring the space will serve as an attractive, year-round destination in its own right.
Preston Bus Station
Bus Station refurbishment & new-build youth centre
for Lancashire County Council
Competition shortlist, 2015