Preston Markets has new brains behind the masterplan for its multi-million pound revamp.Advertisement
On Friday it was announced Preston City Council had chosen a combined bid from Frank Whittle Partnership and Greig and Stephenson.
Ken Greig from Greig and Stephenson said: “Partnering with FWP will work extremely well as we share their passion for Preston; this combined with our expert knowledge of markets makes the perfect partnership. Now the hard work begins, we’ve got an excellent basis to work from and a great set of traders to work with, so lots to look forward too.”
The city council decided to exercise a break clause with previous architects IBI Taylor Young as it looked to spend more on the overall markets scheme.
Proposals include demolishing the current Indoor Market, Market Hall car park and Lancastria House.
In its place will be a cinema, restaurant complex and a revamped outdoor covered market.
So what pedigree do Greig and Stephenson bring to the scheme?
The city council is nervous of any mention of the T-word – Tithebarn – but it’s interesting to note Greig and Stephenson were behind the markets revamp proposed as part of the failed Grosvenor scheme for the city.
Putting this to one side these guys seriously know what they are doing.
For those who have paid a visit to Borough Market in London you will know it is world famous for its regeneration.
It is now one of the trendiest places to shop for your fruit and veg in the capital, as well as having many food stalls and restaurants within it.
Leicester Market has also seen the hand of Greig and Stephenson involved and again comes with a Food Hall.
They also have international pedigree having designed the Tai Tuen Market in Hong Kong.
The city council are putting their hand in their pocket to shell out more cash, we’ll reserve judgement on whether they’ve picked the right men for the job once we see the final designs.
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