FYLDE energy tycoon Simon Rigby has launched a multi-million pound bid to save Preston’s bus station.
The building is the centre of controversy with the council saying it cannot afford to keep it going and set to demolish it.
Designed by Building Design Partnership and finished in 1969, it has a distinctive car park set above what is thought to be the second biggest bus facility in Europe.
Now Mr Rigby, who owns energy companies Greengen, Farmgen and Local Green Energy, has said he will put up the money to save the iconic building.
He said an initial investment of £6m will be made for vital improvements and it was expected that the repair and revitalisation of the bus station will have a ripple effect on all the commercial properties in the area.
He said: “Love or hate it Preston’s Bus Station in an icon. To lose such a vital facility will be a body blow to Preston and we do not want to see it knocked down.
“I will personally put up the money to keep it.”
He said the intention was to operate the upper decks as a car park and make the lower area a more welcoming destination for people.
Currently there is space for a handful of retail units on the ground floor but potentially a huge area for shops cafes and other attractions as well as retaining a smaller bus station.
He is being supported in the bid by commercial property agent Roger Parker and managing partner of architects Frank Whittle Partnership, David Robinson.