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RIBA Open Design Competition - Preston Bus Station

Lancashire County Council with Preston Youth Zone is launching an international competition to develop designs for a new youth zone.

Launch of international design competition for Preston Bus Station in Lancashire

Lancashire County Council, in partnership with Preston Youth Zone, is launching an international competition to develop designs for a new youth zone and public space on the site of Preston Bus Station.  The competition will be managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of the County Council and Youth Zone.

The plans will lead to an investment of around £13 million in Preston’s iconic bus station, which will see it become a catalyst for regeneration, more appealing to passengers and a home to the new Preston Youth Zone Plus; while preserving the building’s unique and Grade II listed brutalist architecture.

Central to the scheme, Preston Youth Zone will occupy around half of the space on the Holiday Inn side of the building, with a separate sports hall on the apron outside.  The Youth Zone will feature an indoor sports hall, outdoor pitches, a climbing wall, fitness suite and areas for music, dance, arts and crafts.

The initial phase of the competition will require architect-led, multi-disciplinary design teams to submit designs anonymously, in digital format only.  Five concept designs will then be shortlisted for further development at the second phase.  Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £6,000 + VAT.

The judging panel includes Hugh Broughton, Hugh Broughton Architects, as the RIBA Adviser.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, Leader of the County Council said: 'We are delighted to be working alongside the RIBA, who will bring their extensive knowledge and experience of delivering successful competitions of this type.

They will help us to ensure we are able to develop and deliver exciting plans for the bus station itself and the surrounding space.  We want to see high-quality ideas coming forward for the bus station, whether they’re from here in Lancashire or from elsewhere.

It is important that we protect the integrity of this listed building, whilst creating an exciting new facility for generations of our young people.'

Hugh Broughton, RIBA Adviser, commented:  “This competition provides an inspiring opportunity to bring creativity and vision to a truly significant listed building in ways which will be engaging and entirely relevant to the people of Preston.”

Kathryn Morley, Chief Executive at OnSide Youth Zones said: “This is an incredibly exciting time in the development of Preston Youth Zone. Youth Zones are a response to what young people want in the 21st century; safe, supportive and inspiring spaces where they can spend their leisure time. The building is our starting point to achieve this and so the design is a significant part of the project.”

Please visit our competitions website for further details.  The closing date for receiving first stage entries is 21 April 2015 by 2pm.