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.