A new vision for Preston city centre has been unveiled – and it signals major changes for a landmark shopping centre.
Preston City Council has announced a draft Preston Station Quarter Regeneration Framework showing a completely new look for the area around the railway station, as well as the areas around the Fishergate Centre, County Hall and along Corporation Street to the university.
Although the council say “nothing is set in stone”, the stated development objectives include:
– A “comprehensive redevelopment” of the Fishergate Centre and existing surface car parks to form a “transformational city quarter”
– The creation of a new public square near the station’s Butler Street entrance
– “Enhancements” of the station’s eastern entrance, potentially relocating ticketing facilities
– A “significant cluster” of Grade A office accomodation focused around the station entrance and residential uses towards the south
– New and enhanced pedestrian linkages connecting the station entrance, Fishergate, Winckley Square and parks (Avenham and Miller)
– An opportunity for “tall buildings” at the junction of Fishergate and Butler Street.
– Retention and refurbishment of the listed St Joseph’s Orphanage
– Creation of a Mobility Hub near the existing Cycle Hub at the station.