Revitalising Preston bus station

As part of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the bus station, work is taking place to repair and renovate the building.

While this work is taking place, areas of the bus station and car park may need to be closed. Please bear with us while this work is carried out.

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Improvements for Bus Station and a new youth zone.

Subject to planning permission, the plans will see a multi-million-pound investment in the Grade II-listed bus station site, creating a vibrant public space and the new Preston Youth Zone to house a wide range of activities for young people.

There'll also be changes to the bus station concourse, car park levels and road layout.

The designs have taken into account the aspirations of Historic England and The 20th Century Society.

The total budget for the improvement work and construction of the youth zone is around £23.3m.

Improvements to the station will play a key role in helping to enable the wider regeneration and development of Preston City Centre, supporting the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

The earliest that work could start on site is mid-September 2016, subject to planning approval, with completion in 2019.

Preston Youth Zone

The Youth Zone is a new stand-alone building featuring an indoor sports hall, an outdoor pitch, a climbing wall, fitness suite and areas for music, dance, and arts and crafts.

This will provide somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to, for young people from the age of 8 to 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities and/or learning difficulties, from Preston and surrounding areas.

A redeveloped bus station, coach park and multi-storey car park

The building will remain as a major transport hub, with improvements to the interior and exterior, in keeping with the listed status.

The multi-storey car park above the bus station will be repaired and preserved.

The refurbishment aims to bring back the best of the 1960s design while adding new elements.

Features that were part of the original design are being brought back, such as the interior lighting and the colour of some timber.

Signs will be updated to reflect the new uses of the building, but with the original style reinstated.

Attractive new public space

An area on the Guild Hall side of the building, currently used for bus stands, will be developed into a new public area.

Linking to the recent improvements along Fishergate and around Church Street, it will be easier and safer for people to access the bus station at ground floor level, and improve access to the city centre.

The subways will no longer be needed to access the building and will close as part of these redevelopment plans.

What happens next?

Work is due to start on the bus station this autumn (2016) with the final work and youth zone expected to be completed by 2019, subject to the planning process.