Saturday, 1 January 2011

Preston Bus Station


Preston Bus Station is an unloved masterpiece - one of Britain's finest edifices dedicated to the humble motor omnibus. Yet, notwithstanding its monumentality and whizzy details, the municipal authorities seem hell-bent on having it demolished. It was constructed in 1968-9 to a design by Keith Ingham, Charles Wilson and E.H. Stazicker of Building Design Partnership back in the era when public transport was mainly municipal- or state-owned. Nowadays, although superficially neglected, its original quality is surely evident to anybody with eyes. Sadly, Preston's civic leaders must be utterly blind as they seem determined to destroy one of the town's most remarkable and distinctive public buildings.


The cosy cafe - where a fine pot of tea was procured:










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