What amazing news I heard the other day that Preston Bus Station, in Preston Lancashire, has been given grade II listed status by the Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey, blocking plans for preston Council to demolish it.
Preston Bus Station
Don’t get me wrong, I have no love for the ugliness of brutalist architecture but it is a style that is part of our cultural history and, for that reason alone, I think any paragons of this architectural style should remain. In the past other types of architecture that are now revered, such as 1930’s modernism, were vilified by the general public but luckily, great examples still exist.
The UK is an amazing melting pot of different architectural designs, plotting our long history throughout the landscape and it is unique and wonderful. Although it may not feel like a victory to Preston council and many of it’s people, I’m sure it was the right decision.
Amazing cantilevered entrance defies gravity
Brutalism was a period of architecture that was popular from the 1950’s until the mid 1970’s. The predominance of concrete in it’s construction, meant that the structures could be built cheaply and the style was popular with low cost rental housing, shopping centres and colleges. Some of the best remaining examples, fall into this bracket, such as Trellick Tower designed by Erno Goldfinger in 1966, which is also now a listed building and much of the South Bank, such as The Barbican Centre and The Hayward Gallery, which is just about to undergo a renovation, similar to the standard of the work carried out at The Festival Hall.
What do you think? A blot on the landscape or just another chapter in the history of architecture?
The Barbican Centre London
The approach to the Haywood Gallery South Bank London, which is to undergo a renovation
Grade II listed Trellick Tower