A heritage project has a new man to lead it after Preston City Council appointed Paul Crowther.
The city council are attempting to secure almost £1 million to put towards restoring Winckley Square.
Mr Crowther joins after spending six years working on the Whitefield Townscape Heritage project for Pendle Council.
Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of the city council, said: ““We are delighted with the appointment of Paul, who will bring excellent experience of successful historic improvement projects like that planned for Winckley Square and we look forward to his dedicated involvement in moving the project forward.
“Bringing existing buildings back into use will restore the historical feature of the square, but also create new business opportunities and residential space.
“We are grateful to Heritage Lottery for their continued support.”
The council successfully applied for stage one funding in April and now hopes to gain more cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Paul Crowther, Project Planning Officer, said: “I am looking forward to working on this Townscape Heritage Initiative. Winckley Square is the Jewel in the Crown for Preston. The area offers atmosphere and character for those who pass through, between Avenham & Miller Parks and Fishergate, and for the businesses established there.”
The city council said the bid will focus on improving key buildings around the Square.
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