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Old May 26th, 2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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I'd say this building is the best of its type left in the United Kingdom.
Sadly due for demolition in the next couple of years. Read description for more background info on this fine work of art.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 05:01 PM   #2
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To me it looks like the architect disliked people who take buses and thus wanted them to feel depressed. Much like almost all brutalist architecture.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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My immediate impression is that Preston is suffering here from the same lack of sensible thinking that Northampton is. A large, well-planned bus facility is being removed and replaced with something that's not as capable of handling the traffic flows. In both cases there are large numbers of people who hate and love the building. That's almost irrelevant really. The point is that these buildings can be refurbished, brought up to modern standards of safety, security and accessibility, and aesthetically improved if necessary. Demolishing them is a waste, is illogical on transport grounds and is disrespectful to the history of this type of architecture and to the 1960s-1970s period in the history of these places.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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The new Northampton bus station is a joke. What a silly location that will be!

Anyway, I need to find a place to merge this thread into. This topic is rather more suitable for the UK forum as it is. Perhaps I will put it in a UK bus thread.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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Unexpected good news today!


'Preston bus station: the city council wanted to knock it down but it was voted best local building in a local newspaper poll.

Preston bus station, which only a few months ago was consigned for demolition by the local council, has just been granted what appears to be a total reprieve - a grade II listing. This is a spectacular victory for a conservation campaign for the sort of building that conservationists used to oppose bitterly.
Preston bus station is a brutalist building – brutalist as it was defined by architects in the 1950s and 1960s, before the word came to denote any offensive postwar building. Brutalism entailed simple, sublime forms built with a "truth to materials", in this case "béton brut", ie, unpainted, unadulterated concrete. Buildings like this have been gradually listed over the last 20 years, sometimes in the face of opposition or public distrust. This time, though, the public, inside and outside Preston, have been the building's champions: the station won a local newspaper poll for the best piece of architecture in Preston'.

Owen Hatherley - theguardian.com Tuesday 24 September 2013
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Old September 25th, 2013, 04:13 PM   #6
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I'd never heard of it before, so here are some images from Google. I like it-- if anything, its graceful form is more evocative of aircraft than of buses.





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Old September 26th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Preston Bus Station has recently been granted Grade II Listed Status, which is fantastic.

I have always loved the building. Here's the results of some quick snaps I made a few years ago

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2732555...7607310570321/
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Old October 14th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #8
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Preston Bus Station has recently been granted Grade II Listed Status, which is fantastic.

I have always loved the building. Here's the results of some quick snaps I made a few years ago

http://www.flickr.com/photos/2732555...7607310570321/
That's quite a homage to the place!
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Old October 14th, 2013, 05:19 PM   #9
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Its kind of dark and enclosed but I can see how people might like the building.

The interior needs work but the outside is pretty creative and should be preserved.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 01:26 AM   #10
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Its kind of dark and enclosed but I can see how people might like the building. The interior needs work but the outside is pretty creative and should be preserved.
"Didn't I meet you at a fancy dress party in Islington? You only had the two arms and the one head and you called yourself 'Phil', but..."

“What?” he said to Zaphod. “You don’t mean to say you’ve been in that miserable, neglected bus station as well do you?”
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So, is there anything else of note happening with public transport in Lancashire?

Forgive my typically American ignorance, but... what is that huge bus station for? AFAIK, we don't have stations like that here, certainly not in the 5 million-population metro that I live in.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:25 AM   #12
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what is that huge bus station for?
Buses. Plus there's a multi-storey car park on top of the bus station.

It's over large for the size of 'Greater Preston' (the city's population is about 140,000 in a wider area of 330,000 or so) which is part of the problem.

But it is a very fine modernist building indeed - the Preston Passion (Easter celebration as part of a historical local festival), televised last year in the UK, was filmed in the west forecourt with the bus station as the backdrop.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00q06xx
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Old October 19th, 2013, 09:36 PM   #13
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All of these big brutal concrete buildings do have a cool 80s retro-future feel about them. Preston bus station is a main stop for people travelling south, and I've only ever seen it during the night, deserted. It's a cool building.
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Old April 6th, 2014, 12:40 PM   #14
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Now listed grade II, looks like the council saw sense and decided to keep the Bus Station
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