Thursday24 July 2014

Council votes to demolish Preston bus station

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But mystery potential investor steps in at 11th hour

Councillors approved the demolition of Preston bus station “in principle” at a vote last night.

The six-person cabinet took 30 minutes to reach the decision.

But it is not the end of the road for the 1969 building as the ruling is likely to be referred to the council’s own scrutiny panel and then back to cabinet next year.

Council leader Peter Rankin said they were still prepared to change their minds if a sound business case for retention could be made.

He revealed that a wealthy individual had stepped forward to express interest in investing in the bus sation, which was praised by Rem Koolhaas on Radio 4 last year.

There are no current plans for a replacement scheme after the Tithebarn development, also designed by BDP, was scrapped.


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