Please note: The above image is an indicative image of Preston Youth Zone and may change.
Plans for Preston Youth Zone, next to Preston Bus Station, which were submitted in August 2016, have now been approved.
The total budget for the bus station improvement work and construction of the Youth Zone is around £24m. Preston Youth Zone will contribute £1m towards the project, with funding also coming from the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.
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.
Work on the Youth Zone is programmed to start in September 2017, with completion expected in 2018.
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.
Visit www.prestonyz.org for full details on how the project is progressing.