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Winckley Square Gardens Restoration Project

Winckley Square Gardens, Preston - view up the paths

Winckley Square Gardens, a real historic focal point of Preston City Centre, were sympathetically restored in October 2016...

The aim of Winckley Square Gardens restoration project was to renovate the fantastic Georgian square, which was modelled on similar squares in London of that era.

Plans sensitive to the history and heritage took into account factors such as:

  • trees and biodiversity
  • archaeology
  • drainage
  • community involvement
  • recreation
  • volunteering and education

Refurbishment works and improvements

Works to Winckley Square Gardens were carried out by Barton Grange Landscapes - successful in winning the contract for the project - and included:

  • restoration of the Robert Peel statue
  • work to resolve flooding issues
  • new lighting
  • creation of a social space
  • new historical reference points, plaques and displays 
  • new and improved entrance and access points
  • restoration of all the railings surrounding the gardens
  • new, wider footpaths and
  • replacement of seating

Heritage Lottery Funding

The restoration and renovation of Winckley Square Gardens was possible through the successful award of almost £950,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. The £1.2million project was also in receipt of funds and smaller grants from partners.

For more information on the Winckley Square Gardens restoration project visit Winckley Square Preston - transformation.

About the project

The project was led by Winckley Square Community Interest Company - a group of Preston business people local to Winckley who got together as a not for profit company to support the regeneration of the area.

The bid for the project was led by the private sector with involvement from Groundwork, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, Preston BID and Preston Historical Society.

Map address for Winckley Square

Winckley Square, Preston, PR1 2AF.