Preston Bus Station is loved and hated (in not quite equal measure) by the people of Preston. One of the largest bus stations in Europe, it is a striking example of the Brutalist school of architecture. Its legal significance lies in the decision in September 2013 to designate it as a Grade II listed building. A decision to list a building under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 is, in itself, unremarkable. The importance of the listing in this case lies in the social significance of the bus station to the Preston area, the changing attitudes to modernist and particularly Brutalist architecture and the impact of listed building protection on buildings threatened with demolition.
We would particularly welcome blog entries on;
- The history and architectural significance of Preston Bus Station
- The nature of the listed building protection regime
- The desirability of protecting modernist architecture under conservation legislation
- The impact of listing in attempts to preserve buildings