Hosted by Manchester Modernist Society
This talk by Sally Stone will focus on Gate 81, a multi-disciplinary series of projects that supported the case to Save Preston Bus Station. Preston Bus Station, generally regarded as one of Britain’s most remarkable Brutalist buildings was scheduled for demolition by Preston City Council. In 2013 Gate81, alongside a strong local campaign and a (third) and successful listing application to English Heritage finally secured a future for the ‘biggest bus station in Europe”.
Gate 81 was Launched in January 2013, by Academic Sally Stone, director of Continuity in Architecture (CiA) at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA), Creative Producer Ruth Heritage from They Eat Culture (TEC) and Architect Dominic Roberts, partner at Francis Roberts Architects It was an ‘open data, co-design project that staged a series of live and virtual projects that used Preston Bus Station as a vehicle for discussion of such issues as: citizen engagement, cultural heritage, urban design, artistic engagement, sustainable redevelopment, preservation and protection, and it acted as catalyst for discussions about the consequences that Modernists buildings have upon dense historic town centres in the Twenty-first century’.