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Monday28 July 2014

Save Preston bus station petition fails to attract signatures

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Meeting to decide future of building takes place tonight

An e-petition to stop the demolition of Preston’s bus station has attracted just 192 signatures.

The petition ‘Stop Preston City Council Demolition of Bus Station’ was created by local campaigner John Wilson and went live on the government’s official epetition site last week.

The council is due to meet this evening to decide on the future of the BDP-designed building.

A number of last minute attempts to save the structure have been made by architects and heritage bodies, including the Twentieth Century Society.

In a letter to The Times today director Catherine Croft said: “It is a robust building, capable of adaptive re-use and substantial reconfiguration without comprimising its architectural integrity. We believe it has a viable future and that the refurbishment options have not been adquately considered by the city council.”

And a number of architects in Lancashire have also launhced an attempt to save the bus station by putting together a counter proposal for the site.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • This is crazy! The Bus Station in my opinion needs to be saved, it needs a new lease of life instead of being bulldozed. My only concern here though, is how this e-petition has been advertised?.... I am an Architect in Preston, and this is the first I have heard of it via the BD luckily. This debate has been going on for years and in my opinion the Bus Station designed by BDP, by the great late "GG"... could provide a bespoke chasis for a very different and unique shopping centre, entertainment hub and still maintain a bus service to the city. A cheaper a great innovative response to the previous Tithebarn Masterplan.

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  • Let's face facts, regardless of what a few architects and other simpering fops in thick black glasses and turtlenecks think, real people don't want it kept.

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  • Such a wonderful and rare example of sub-Rudolf design needs to be retained. This debate has been rattling on far too long

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  • zecks_marquise

    This is a bus station in Preston, not the pantheon in Rome. Why is this a surprise?

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  • Architecturally, it's urbane on a world class level and even yet still plausible as a major transport hub: and comes surprisingly from an island town that dared to punch above its weight and eventually be recognised as a city in 2002. Please confide in the experts: a WMF Watch listing is seemingly very rigorous, serious and enlightening. Further, isn't the e-petition about a week old now? And if so, then it's already outstripped the main 1k+ petition by some margin! Well done, John!

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  • It's a beautiful object and an elegant thing, but in its asphalt setting and as a piece of city it doesn't seem to be contributing much at all besides reminding people of an era and style that ruined a lot of cities. With a different and more urban use and setting, it could definitely contribute to the vitality of the city - more than the glass roofed bdp mall that will probably replace it. Years after Portsmouth's Tricorn centre was demolished the site is still a surface car park and people have begun to realise what they've lost. Hope some clever architect can come up with some brilliant visuals to inspire people. And if not I hope its replacement is simply urban.

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  • who knew about the e-petition???? no news stories mentioned it.
    many would have singed if bd, riba, aj etc had highlighted that there was an e-petition. very frustrating to see it now. DOH.

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  • Setting up an e-petition is the beginning of a campaign, and only works if people know its there, which is where the work is. This was poorly managed. There doesn't appear to have been a press release announcing it, as I'm sure BD would have covered it had this been the case. And clearly it was not given the time to build up the head of steam which can happen when e-mails are forwarded etc and folk get to hear about it.
    I ran a petition to save John Hejduk's Tower in Berlin from a hideous renovation. It took 2-3 weeks of hard work to get the word out, but we got 4,000 signatures and success. As can be seen from the general tenor of comments on this issue, there is support from architects in the UK, who would sign up if they knew about and were given the time.

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