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Preston Guild Hall plans draw inspiration from across the globe

Posted on - 20th August, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
A big plasma screen will sit above the first floor of the Guild Hall

A big plasma screen will sit above the first floor of the Guild Hall

Plans lodged for the transformation of Preston’s Guild Hall are taking their influence from across the UK and beyond.

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The Frank Whittle Partnersip who drew up the designs for the new escalators and big screen entrance to the building have revealed where they are looking for inspiration.

They highlight theatres and civic venues in Liverpool, London, Canada, Spain and the United States in their designs.

The regeneration of the Royal Court in Liverpool shows touches of how they intend to showcase the new Italian restaurant on the ground floor of the Guild Hall.

The York Theatre is highlighted by architects as an example of cutting edge modern design

The York Theatre is highlighted by architects as an example of cutting edge modern design

The York Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, is clearly an inspiration with escalators incorporated into its design as a run down building was brought into artistic use.

Dealing with a brutalist building like the Guild Hall also has comparisons to the National Theatre in London – which is regularly lit in different shades at night, a feature the Simon Rigby group are keen to emulate.

The National Theatre in London Pic: Ben Hodgson

The National Theatre in London Pic: Ben Hodgson

The plans for the Guild Hall are lodged ahead of the building being officially transferred to Rigby’s ownership, which is due to take place in October.

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