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09 February 2015

WAVES OF MODERNISM | PRESTON BUS STATION | PR1


Visited the above on Saturday, the central bus station of the city of Preston in Lancashire, England. It was built by Ove Arup and Partners in the Brutalist architectural style between 1968 and 1969, to a design by Keith Ingham and Charles Wilson of Building Design Partnership with E. H. Stazicker [ more here ]

It was due for demolition up until to last year when the campaign to save it was successful & the building was listed to Grade II.  Definitely a good thing - it's very much a late 60s time capsule - design heavy, tonnes upon tonnes of brutal concrete but super photogenic too:

















There's a great cafe located on the ground floor of the terminal, well worth popping into for a Brutalist breakfast...


Brutalist breakfast
 This short film about Preston Bus Station, produced by Andrew Wilson and Paul Adams in 2013, defines it perfectly:


Preston Bus Station isn't the only modernist / Brutalist building of note in Preston - there's also the Guild Hall:





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