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Preston Bus Station: Keep it or Destroy it?

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equationgirl

Respect my existence or expect my resistance
I'm not usually a fan on 1960s & 1970s architecture, but I say keep it, it's one of the best examples in the UK.
 

Frances Lengel

Atrophied Member
Banned
I'm not usually a fan on 1960s & 1970s architecture, but I say keep it, it's one of the best examples in the UK.
If you're not a fan then you're mad - Brutalist architecture - Brutalist architecture in the form of housing was the only ever effort that was built on the premise that there's nothing too good for the working man/woman. We'll not see that again. It's all gone, sold out for nothing.
 

Firky

The first of the gang
Banned
If you're not a fan then you're mad - Brutalist architecture - Brutalist architecture in the form of housing was the only ever effort that was built on the premise that there's nothing too good for the working man/woman. We'll not see that again. It's all gone, sold out for nothing.
Socialist Ralph Erskine went into the communities and spoke to the prospective tenants. Asked them what they wanted, designed it with their wants and needs in mind.
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
There's a lovely building on the outskirts of Preston which used to be a mental hospital. I went to do some exploring because I knew it was abandoned, and on the way, I got to experience the wonder of the bus station. It really is massive, init?

The mental hospital was nice, but I didn't realise they'd built a brand new one next door and there was security guards everywhere...all that way and couldn't even get in to have a look :mad::(
whittingham. you haven't been able to go for a wander there for some time, sorry. it is a handsome building (maybe was, now - not sure what condition it's in now).
 

Frances Lengel

Atrophied Member
Banned
Socialist Ralph Erskine went into the communities and spoke to the prospective tenants. Asked them what they wanted, designed it with their wants and needs in mind.
Yeah but ask anyone who grew up on those type of estates and 9 times outta ten they'll say it was the best times ever, and ask a lot of the old timers who remember the slums that went before and they'll say the same - Those type of estates, like socialism itself, were never given a proper chance & written off far too soon. And with the demolition of those estates our hopes died like weeds that flowered briefly in the dark.
 

Firky

The first of the gang
Banned
Yeah but ask anyone who grew up on those type of estates and 9 times outta ten they'll say it was the best times ever, and ask a lot of the old timers who remember the slums that went before and they'll say the same - Those type of estates, like socialism itself, were never given a proper chance & written off far too soon. And with the demolition of those estates our hopes died like weeds that flowered briefly in the dark.
You're right that is exactly what they say, people love the estates despite falling into disrepair, (I did a shitty questionnaire as part of my dissertation on an estate) but the oldies loved it too because they had indoor toilets, plumbing, gas, instead of a 1 up 1 down terrace.
 

SpineyNorman

it was already like that when I got here
Park Hill flats in Sheffield - it's a listed building so rather than knocking them down they gutted everything out of them and then refurbished them in fucking horrible plasticky colours and they're trying to turn them into yuppie flats - I think part of the deal was that a certain proportion would be made available at affordable rents but the development company either ran out of money or went bust completely so I don't know what's going on with them now.

I fucking love that place, even if I did come very close to being knifed to death there about 10 years ago :D You could walk anywhere you wanted in the whole complex without having to set foot outside, it had a pub and shops and everything. My great-great Auntie Flo was moved there from some slums they were clearing when it was first built and she stayed 'till she died in 2002 - she was 99 - even when the place was rife with drug gangs and all that goes with it. Knowing old Flo they were almost certainly more scared of her than she was of them :D





 

articul8

Dishonest sociopath
Fuck off Preston and fuck your bus station. Also, I don't care what piece of paper they've thrown at you, you're not a city. Tokyo is a city, Sao Paulo is a city. Preston is a town. A town full of cunts.

Love from your neighbours in Blackpool.
Fuck off :mad: This is the single worst post I've read since joining U75 - and that includes Butchers calling me a mewling pissbag :D
 

articul8

Dishonest sociopath
whittingham. you haven't been able to go for a wander there for some time, sorry. it is a handsome building (maybe was, now - not sure what condition it's in now).
I used to play cricket in the big park in the middle of it when it was still open - put you off your delivery stride when one of the patients would yell out something odd :) A bit uncanny though - memory of people locked up in an institution like that for depression etc.
 

articul8

Dishonest sociopath
It's a fantastic building that the council has deliberately let fall into disrepair so they can justify getting rid. They want to flog the land it stands on - for another shopping centre, or failing that a supermarket. Needs investment and better links to the rail station, but it would be a mad act of philistinism to knock it down.
 

og ogilby

Well-Known Member
I used to use Preston bus station as a play ground when I was a kid.

I remember when it had snowed, me and my mates rolled a huge snowball on the top level of the car park then rolled it over the edge on to the roof of a bus that was filling up with passengers.
 

Callum91

Digital dystopian dweller
You only had to look at the place to catch some hideous disease. The toilets were a disgrace in there.
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
mmm, they were. a friend of mine OD'd on smack & died in one of them cubicles. not the most dignified way to go.

the bogs are better since they were done up though.
 

Favelado

Half to the Tower, please.
I love the fact that whatever you reference on U75, someone will get it. Amazing. I'll be at Yorkshire Fisheries (stupid name for a Lancashire chippy) and Notorianni's in the coming days too. As long as the latter is open in winter.
 
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