THE delighted deputy council leader has declared Slough residents can expect more 'iconic' buildings after the bus station was shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal for Slough Borough Council, said Slough Bus Station has 'put the town on the map' after it was shortlisted for the Structural Awards 2012.

The station, in Brunel Way, has faced fierce criticism from users, particularly elderly people, who nicknamed it 'the slug' and said it is 'not fit for purpose'.

However Cllr Swindlehurst said: "Some of the reaction is because the site around it hasn't been finished and I do listen to the criticisms.

"We wanted to put Slough on the map with something totally unique and it is nice to see that recognised by the shortlist for an award.

"It is part of our statement for the Heart of Slough and I suspect we will see a few more economic and distinctive buildings emerge. I'm delighted." The bus station was designed by London architects Bblur who submitted the entry.

The winners will be announced at London's Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on November 2.