Preston Bus Station

Sponsor: RIBA, Lancashire County Council

Type: Open, international, two stage

Location: Lancashire County, UK

Languages: English

Eligibility: The competition is open internationally to multi-disciplinary architect-led teams. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) in the UK, or an equivalent, recognised overseas regulatory authority.

Awards: The five shortlisted teams will each receive honoraria of £6,000 + VAT.


11 March 2015 – Question Deadline
21 April 2015 – Phase 1 Submission Deadline

Design Challenge:

Lancashire County Council (“the County Council”) invites UK and international architects and urban designers to enter this competition for the development of the iconic grade II listed Preston Bus Station and its adjoining western apron, to include the provision of a brand new Youth Zone, a state of the art facility for the young people of Preston.

The County Council is keen to explore the opportunities this development presents to improve the connectivity from the Bus Station through to the wider City Centre thereby offering the people of Preston a new and exciting civic space, and a more attractive pedestrian route with the aim of generating a catalyst for further development within this part of the City Centre.

Further information on the aims and vision for this part of the city centre can be found in the Preston City Centre Plan

It is anticipated that the County Council will seek to retain the services of the winning consultant at least up to and including RIBA Stage 4 (subject to confirmation), and, subject to performance, probably beyond to the completion of the project. Quantity Surveying services for the project will be provided by the County Council’s Design and Construction team.

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