New York-based John Puttick Associates with BBUK Landscape Designers were selected as winners of the competition.
The plans will see a multi-million pound investment in the Grade II listed bus station site, to create a vibrant public space and a home for the new Preston Youth Zone Plus - while preserving the building’s unique brutalist architecture.
The county council and Preston Youth Zone begun work with the architects, John Puttick Associates, to agree on the final design and planning consent was approved in December 2016.
As an independent charity Preston Youth Zone will be delivered as a result of a powerful combination of public, private and voluntary sector support led by OnSide Youth Zones, a charity dedicated to providing modern youth facilities based on the model of the highly successful and innovative Bolton Lads and Girls Club. Preston Youth Zone will contribute £1m towards the construction costs with Lancashire County Council investing £5m.
The bus station will continue to be a major transport hub, with improved public areas. Maintenance and repair work on the bus station is expected to begin on site in 2018.
"We always knew that the bus station had a global appeal, and the fact that the winning firm comes from New York reinforces this. We're delighted that a strong design has been chosen for the new Youth Zone Plus and we'll now be working hard to get it built. This is a significant investment in one of Preston's most well-known buildings, which will bring exciting new facilities for our young people, for this generation and for future ones. It's an exciting time for the city, with improvements taking place on Fishergate and the first steps in the redevelopment of Preston Market. These plans are all part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which is creating new job opportunities, providing new housing and making it easier for people to get around.”
Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council