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Preston is changing... Here's a brief look at the redevelopment projects

Preston has exciting changes coming its way. With many finished projects already improving the city, there's still plenty more to keep your eyes peeled for.

Preston's revitalised bus station

Lancashire County Council approved plans for a £23m refurbishment of Preston's iconic listed bus station in late 2014. The refurbishment has seen many improvements, all whilst preserving the building's unique brutalist architecture.

The improvements include:

  • Created a modern and vibrant indoor hub 
  • Bus and coach transport
  • An attractive open outdoor public space - this part of the project is ongoing

A master plan for studying

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Campus Masterplan sets out a 10 year vision for the area, focusing on opening up the campus with a new square and social space. This will bring Preston city centre closer to the university through landscaping and connections via Friargate and Corporation Street.

It is hoped this will attract more students, post graduates and international students, whilst also supporting the retention of graduates and young professionals in Preston.

Students are vital to Preston's economy, contributing culturally and adding to the city's diversity as well as bringing in much needed revenue through renting, shopping and social activities.

The Master Plan vision project began in 2016. To find out more visit UCLan Master Plan.

A City Deal for you

City Deal is helping to create more than 20,000 new private sector jobs and over 17,000 new homes being built across Preston and South Ribble. It is also developing new school places, open green spaces and health provisions to cater for the growing population.

This will provide a huge boost to the local economy, which is expected to grow by £1 billion over the ten years of the Deal, signed in 2013.

A key part to City Deal is the £340m investment in new infrastructure, which will radically improve access by road around and to Preston from other parts of Lancashire and the UK.

You can already see the Deal is attracting more people to Preston further revitalising the city, with additional investment in shops, restaurants and other local facilities.

For more details see City Deal and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Old Post Office becomes new hotel

A new boutique hotel is to transform Preston's former Post Office building when it opens in 2019. As well as the luxury hotel, it will also include a restaurant, bar, spa, pool, function room and will cater for weddings.

The central location will encourage visitors to explore the city centre, particularly the surrounding area including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, the new markets and Preston's evening entertainment, restaurants and bars.

The 'Shankly Hotel' is unique, located in the city centre and will encourage visitors to spend money in our local businesses. In turn, this will encourage more shops, restaurants, bars and attractions to consider Preston as the next location to open their business.

The hotel and spa will create approximately 50 new jobs and was started in 2017. 

For more details visit the Shankly Hotel page.

Your new markets

Preston Markets have recently undergone an amazing transformation.

Preston Market Hall

The new Market Hall has been transformed into a glass and timber clad pavilion-style building and is located under part of the Victorian larger covered market canopy. The new Indoor Market is home to some very established traders plus new and exciting stallholders too.

The Outdoor Market is situated near Lancaster Road hosting regular stallholders plus the secondhand market too. The flexible space also has the potential to be used for evening events.

Preston Box Market

In addition to more outdoor market stalls, the fish market canopy houses a unique and innovative box market. The box market will create a unique shopping space out of contemporary shipping containers, initially welcoming locally brewed ales, artisan coffee and pet supplies. 

Have you visited Preston Markets recently? Get everything you need, from fresh meat and fruit to a new handbag. Why not grab lunch and a coffee too.

For more information see Preston Markets.

Cinema and leisure scheme

The old market hall is now closed and will be demolished in 2019 to make way for a new state-of-the-art cinema. Not only can you expect the latest blockbusters, there will also be independent and international films, live opera, ballet, theatre, festivals and major sporting events. New family restaurants will also form part of the complex as well as a brand new multi-storey car park.

The cinema and leisure scheme could create approximately 250 new full time jobs.

Other things to look out for

Preston is ever-transforming, both in the city centre and further afield.

The Harris

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library is a popular place to visit in central Preston and has enriched the lives of both its visitors and the local community. Hosting regular events, new exhibitions and weekly activities for both kids and adults, it offers a great day out for all the family.

Discover something new at the Harris! Entry is free and there are plenty of events and workshops to get involved in.

The Harris is currently working towards a "Re-imagining the Harris" project to enhance the facilities and keep the museum at the forefront of Preston's culture and creative community.

For more details visit The Harris Museum - Re-imagining the Harris.