VOTE ON THE NEW PRESTON YOUTH ZONE BRAND

Young people from across the borough have been working on the name and branding for Preston Youth Zone. Click here to vote on your favourite name and logo for Preston Youth Zone.

The total budget for the bus station improvement work and construction of the Youth Zone is around £24m. The Youth Zone project cost is estimated at £6.9million. As well as providing the site, next to the bus station in the centre of Preston, Lancashire County Council agreed to an investment of £5.9m towards the Youth Zone construction costs as well as £450k towards the facility’s running costs over three years.

OnSide has committed to securing a further £1m which will be combined with the Council funding to cover the construction and opening costs of the building as well as £750k per year for three years to ensure the Youth Zone’s running costs are secured. OnSide will raise these funds via its network of private sector supporters and charitable trusts and grants.

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 January 2019.

Planning approved for Preston Youth Zone

A new multi-million pound Youth Zone in Preston for young people has been approved by planners.

Plans for the new building next to Preston Bus Station, which were submitted in August, have now been approved.

The new Youth Zone, which will be situated next to the bus station, will house a wide range of activities for young people including sports, arts and music.

The bus station is owned by Lancashire County Council. Once completed, the new building will be operated by OnSide Youth Zones, a national charity dedicated to providing safe and inspiring facilities for young people to spend their leisure time.

Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve got approval for this exciting project, which will provide a major new space for young people.

“This planning approval is a major step forward for our overall redevelopment plans on the bus station site. There’s a great momentum building on this project, with car park repairs, concourse improvements and now the planning approval for the new Youth Zone.

“Our overall plans will also provide new outdoor space next to the bus station, as well as improved facilities for public transport users and motorists.

“It’s important news for our young people, as well as this part of the city centre.”

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.

Open seven days a week, the new Youth Zone would offer 20 activities every session for young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 for those with a disability.

Guy Topping, chairman of Preston Youth Zone said: “This is a significant step forward in the development of the Youth Zone and we are absolutely delighted that the hard work it has taken to get to this point, has now paid off.

“The potential the Youth Zone has for the whole of Preston and its future generation is unprecedented – it will change the lives of thousands of young people.

“The young people of Preston want and need this facility and with the planning application given the green light, we can now look ahead to construction work commencing.”

Youth Zones aim to raise the aspirations, enhance prospects and improve health and wellbeing for young people, by providing affordable access to a wide range of programmes, services and activities including sports, arts, music, employability and mentoring.

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.

John Puttick said: “One of our key objectives has been to design a building maximizing available public space in and around the Bus Station to create a major new square for Preston. This supports the civic quality of the project.

“It has also been important to respond to the proudly utilitarian quality of Preston Bus Station by designing a new neighbour that shares and celebrates this robustness just as a youth centre used for sport and as a place for creativity should do.”

Work on the Youth Zone is programmed to start in September 2017, with completion expected in 2018.

Plans submitted for Preston Youth Zone

Plans for a multi-million pound OnSide Youth Zone in Preston have finally been submitted.

The new Preston Youth Zone, which will be located by Preston Bus Station, will house a wide range of activities for young people including sports, arts and music.

The bus station is owned by Lancashire County Council. Once completed, the new building will be operated by OnSide Youth Zones, a national charity dedicated to providing modern youth facilities.

Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “This planning application for the Youth Zone is another big step forward for the redevelopment of the bus station site.

“Our overall plans will provide this exciting new Youth Zone and new outdoor space next to the bus station, as well as improved facilities for public transport users and motorists.”

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.

Open seven days a week, the new Youth Zone would offer 20 activities every session for young people aged 8-19, or up to 25 for those with a disability.

If approved, the Youth Zone would 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.

Guy Topping, chairman of Preston Youth Zone said: “This is an exciting step towards building and opening what will be an amazing facility for the young people of Preston.

“Preston Youth Zone will provide world class facilities and will give our city’s young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. A lot of hard work has gone into getting us in a position where we can submit this application.

“OnSide has built an amazing legacy with the Youth Zones already in operation across the country and it is extremely exciting that Preston can be part of its future.”

Youth Zones aim to raise the aspirations, enhance prospects and improve health and wellbeing for young people, by providing affordable access to a wide range of programmes, services and activities including sports, arts, music, employability and mentoring.

County Councillor Mein added: “This is an exciting time for this part of the city with major plans for the Markets Quarter including the proposed cinema complex, a new hotel in the former post office and new plans announced to further develop the Guild Hall. The bus station is a key part of these plans, which will bring new commercial opportunities into the city.

“Our plans are part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, which is already delivering improvements to roads and public transport. This will make it easier for people to get around and bring new people into the city, which benefits the local economy.”

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.

The Youth Zone is the latest in a series of planning applications for the bus station. Other proposed changes include the creation of new public space outside the bus station on the city centre side, as well as changes to the road layout, the bus station concourse and the car park levels. Several planning applications have already been submitted for these various elements, with others to follow in the coming months.

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 the design competition last year.

John Puttick, who is originally from London, said: “One of our key objectives has been to design a building maximizing available public space in and around the bus station to create a major new square for Preston. This supports the civic quality of the project.

“It has also been important to respond to the proudly utilitarian quality of Preston Bus Station by designing a new neighbour that shares and celebrates this robustness just as a youth centre used for sport and as a place for creativity should do.

“Part of the building’s youthfulness, we hope, will be its openness and ability to engage young people, as well as provide them with a wide range of exciting facilities for them to explore.”

The earliest that work on the Youth Zone could begin is next year, subject to planning approval, with completion in 2018.

Preston Bus Station Design Team Meets

Work has continued on the plans for our new Youth Zone at Preston Bus Station, as the design team meet for the first time.

pyz-design-meetingThe team met at County Hall to continue development work on the new Youth Zone, which will provide a wide range of activities for young people.

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 our new Preston Youth Zone – while preserving the building’s unique brutalist architecture.

Preston-based Cassidy & Ashton architects have joined the project as planning consultants, bringing their local knowledge and experience.

The team is working to the winning concept design from the London-born architect, John Puttick. While the team have met previously, this was their first meeting in Preston.

John, who grew up in London, has already made several visits to the city, as part of the normal process to finalise the proposals, before the planning application is made around April.

Some repair and maintenance work will be taking place on the bus station from April 2016, with the main Youth Zone and other development work following in 2017 – subject to planning approval being given.

Other members of the design team for the project include BBUK (Landscape Architect), EngineersHRW (Structural Engineers), Skelly & Couch (Buildings Services Engineers) and Charcoalblue (Acoustics Specialist), along with representatives from Lancashire County Council.

Getting involved:

There’ll be opportunities for public involvement and consultation as part of this process. Planning approval will be required for the Youth Zone, as well as listed building consent and approval from Historic England, before any building work can start.

Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, explained: “The design will still be largely based on John’s winning entry. Since winning the competition a lot of work has taken place to develop his proposals and create a design that meets the needs and requirements of the young people.

“John continues to lead this process and has visited Preston many times. He’s also brought a wealth of experience into the team with Lancashire-based Cassidy & Ashton.

“Local knowledge and OnSide’s experience of running other successful youth zones are all important factors to consider, as part of creating a really high-quality place for young people to use and enjoy.”

New York-based John Puttick Associates was chosen by the judges as the winning design from the five anonymous shortlisted entries. This was the same design chosen by people as their favourite in the public vote.

The architectural competition was run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), on behalf of Lancashire County Council and Preston Youth Zone.

John Puttick, the architect behind the chosen design, said: “We have a very experienced design team for the Preston Bus Station project, and have been working hard together to develop a design that is exciting and functional for the users and also sensitive towards the important existing building. We are looking forward to sharing the latest work and consulting with the public as we move towards the planning application.”

We are delighted the Youth Zone project is moving forward. John Puttick and the team have been working hard to create a successful design that will give the young people of Preston an exciting and purposeful place to spend their leisure time. As with any OnSide Youth Zone, Preston Youth Zone will give young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to and we are all excited to move the project on further in the months to come.

Preston YZ: at the heart of community activity

All the hard work being undertaken for the Preston YZ is only one of many initiatives for young people taking place in and around the area.  To find out more about other community projects and services, visit http://yps.lancashire.gov.uk/

Creating The Preston Youth Zone Identity

Young people from across Lancashire came together recently with design students from UCLan to work on developing a brand identity for our Charity that would create an impact across the city.

Facilitated by OnSide North West and Lancashire County Council, over 30 young people attended several workshops to brainstorm what Preston Youth Zone means to them and how it should be perceived by other young people in the area, through a visual representation.

From the initial workshops numerous concept designs were created. These designs were then taken away and worked up into a finalised logo, which was then presented to the Preston Youth Zone Board by members of Preston Youth Council for final review.

Here are some of their comments on the consultation process:

“As the marketing of Preston Youth Zone + is integral in ensuring that the upcoming Youth Zone + is a popular success, we, as members of Preston Youth Council, attended two branding consultation sessions over a two-week period in order to help create branding ideas through logo brainstorms and mood boards in order to help market the upcoming Youth Zone +. Other groups from the voluntary sector and some Design students from UCLan also attended to offer their valuable insight into the design process. This report aims to highlight some of the decisions that we have made concerning the branding of Preston Youth Zone and reasoning behind those decisions.”

Click here to download the full report.

Young People Promote PYZ

At the end of 2011 Preston Youth Council created a promotional DVD to raise awareness for the Youth Zone with potential investors and partner organisations.

The Youth Council recently produced this article about their involvement in the making the DVD:

“When PYC learned about the Youth Zone Plus proposal some of us really liked the idea and began to work on a promotional DVD to hopefully gain interest in the centre from investors.

“We created storyboards, wrote our script, took photographs and recorded sound bytes of young people from different groups speaking out about what they wanted from a Youth Zone Plus. We then took all our ideas to City Learning Centre in Burnley, who helped us create our DVD. Finally, we were involved in the editing process and then presented our promotional DVD at the Youth Zone Plus Launch to Councillors, Investors and organisations that work with young people.

Click here to read the full article on Lancashire CC Young People’s Service website.

Take five minuets to watch the video and see what you think:

“We feel that our hard work and effort has really paid off as we’re really pleased with the DVD. It shows that the Youth Zone Plus is for all different types of people doing all types of activities as well as a place for info and advice all in one place.” (Hannah Keating, Preston Youth Councillor)