Two outstanding twentieth century buildings have today been recognised for their exemplary restoration, as the winners of the 2022 Civic Trust Awards were announced.
Preston Bus Station, an enduring icon of British brutalism, has received the Civic Trusts Special Award for Reuse & Adaptation following a comprehensive refurbishment by John Puttick Associates between 2015 and 2018. Their scheme meticulously restored original details, materials and signage, while reorienting the station to prioritise pedestrians over vehicles and better integrate the building with the city. This latest Civic Trust Award joins accolades from the RIBA regional and national bodies and the awarding of the 2021 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize.
Threatened for years with demolition, the building was saved after a protracted campaign by C20 Society and ultimately Grade II listed in 2013. Designed by BDP and completed in 1969, it remains the largest transport hub of its kind in the UK.
Meanwhile, judges highly commended the restoration of the Engineering Research Station (ERP) in Killingworth by Ainsworth Spark Associates
The Grade II* listed Engineering Research Station (ERP) in Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, was designed by Ryder and Yates in 1967. A practice renowned for their innovative and highly individual modern buildings across Tyneside, ERP is arguably their best known building with its symbolic entrance bridge and six rooftop venturi of ventilation flues and water storage tanks.