'This design is total rubbish': Preston's majestic bus station gets a zombie makeover

'This design is total rubbish': Preston's majestic bus station gets a zombie makeover

Years of campaigning have led to this: a £13m gigantic fridge-freezer dumped beside Preston’s iconic bus station in a bid to revive it. What an insult

Prince Charles might have done well to save his famous carbuncle speech for Preston. After years of battling to preserve the city’s majestic 1960s bus station, which finally got grade-II listed in 2013, the winning design for a £13m project to breathe life back into the building has been unveiled. The proposal is a cross between a “monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend,” as the Prince described the planned National Gallery extension in 1984, and a giant fridge-freezer, carelessly dumped in the station forecourt.

The winner of an international open competition, organised by Lancashire County Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects, the design is the work of New York-based architect John Puttick, who previously ran the Chinese offices of Make – a regular presence on the shortlist of the Carbuncle Cup for the ugliest building in Britain. Puttick may have left Make behind, but the Make way clearly hasn’t left him.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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