Please note: The above image is an indicative image of Preston Youth Zone and may change.
The total budget for the bus station improvement work and construction of the Youth Zone is around £24m. The Youth Zone project cost is estimated at £6.9million. As well as providing the site, next to the bus station in the centre of Preston, Lancashire County Council agreed to an investment of £5.9m towards the Youth Zone construction costs as well as £450k towards the facility’s running costs over three years.
OnSide has committed to securing a further £1m which will be combined with the Council funding to cover the construction and opening costs of the building as well as £550k per year for three years to ensure the Youth Zone’s £1m per year running costs are secured. OnSide will raise these funds via its network of private sector supporters and charitable trusts and grants.
The Youth Zone will be housed in a new free-standing building next to the iconic Grade-II listed bus station, on the city centre side. The buses would continue to use the opposite side of the building.
Due to the bus station’s listed status, the aspirations of Historic England and The 20th Century Society were taken into account as part of the design work. As part of the wider work, some of the bus station’s original features will be reintroduced, which have been removed over the years.
These proposals have been created by the design team, led by John Puttick Associates. Their original proposal was chosen as the winner of an international design competition last year.
Guy Topping, a Preston businessman has long been a supporter of Bolton Lads and Girls Club and when OnSide was created he approached the charity to see how he could help drive forward his vision of having a Youth Zone in Preston.
Through this dedication and hard work from public and private sector partners, the City will eventually have a £6m, purpose-built facility in Preston city centre. It will be prominently positioned for accessibility and designed to make an impact on the young people of Preston and the neighbouring Lancashire districts.
The enthusiasm towards developing Preston Youth Zone has been irrepressible with the public sector, private sector and young people in Preston all working together to bring something wonderful to the City.