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Council referring design of Blackburn's £5m bus station to experts
11:30am Tuesday 17th July 2012 in News
BLACKBURN with Darwen Borough Council is referring the design of its £5 million new bus station to a panel of architectural experts despite publicly rejecting a claim it is “ugly”.
The move was revealed by regeneration boss Dave Harling in response to a question to the borough’s executive board by local resident Chantelle De La Croix.
Speaking through a sign language interpreter, she told the senior councillors: “I am against the proposed design of the bus station which I feel is out of character for the town.
“Look at York, Lancaster and Chester where there are old traditional buildings where more people choose to visit.”
Coun Harling said: “We do not think the building is ugly. It is intended to be striking yet functional providing the passenger with a modern, warm and dry facility. The council has recently asked Places Matter to undertake a design review.”
The new glass-fronted bus station is expected to welcome passengers from autumn 2015.
The complex will be sited on part of the town centre’s old market site.
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