Friday 8th of August 2014
Preston Easirent Car and Van Hire location are a little shocked their bus station has made it into a top list for buildings.
One of the top buildings of the last 100 years is the Preston Bus Station in the 20th Century Society’s top 100 buildings list. It has been described as one of the most significant Brutalist buildings in the UK.
It also has the honour of being the only Lancashire building on the list, which will form the basis of a nationwide exhibition and book. The building is the entry for the year 1969.
The building, which was designed by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson of Building Design Partnership, was recommended for demolition by Preston Council in 2012 because it could not afford the £300,000-a-year running costs or the £17m to £23m revamp.
John Wilson of Fulwood, a Save Preston Bus Station campaign member, said “It’s tremendous that the bus station is part of this list, it’s recognition of all the hard work many people have put in to save it. It’s not just an important building in Preston, it’s an important, iconic building nationally.”
Christina Malathouni, a former 20th Century Society case worker, recommended the station for the accolade. She wrote, “The building’s distinctive contribution to the Preston cityscape and the support of both heritage experts and the general public were a driving force throughout my involvement. The positive outcome constitutes a reward for the Society’s sustained advocacy of C20 architectural heritage.”