Potential premises for Ham and Jam

Modern coffee shop proposed for Lancaster Road

A new, independent coffee shop is looking to fill an empty building and “put a smile back on Lancaster Road.” Richard Lowthian, director of Ham and Jam Independent Coffee Shop has high hopes for his venture, which will fill the former drop-in centre, which has been empty for six years. Richard, who is waiting for confirmation on planning permission, is in the final stages of […]

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New Hall Lane and its surrounding streets has not seen the same investment as other areas of the city Pic: Tony Worrall

New Hall Lane changes: Consultation to begin on £1 million plan for the area

One of Preston’s key routes in and out of the city is due to have £1 million invested in cleaning it up. New Hall Lane could also see new speed restrictions put in force as part of a major plan to smarten up the bottleneck road. Consultation begins on the council-led plans for the area on Monday 16 March. Part of Fishwick and St Matthews […]

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Great Times is at the base of Lancastria House: Pic: George D Thompson

Great Times restaurant to close after 24 years in Preston city centre

A Chinese restaurant in Preston at the centre of redevelopment plans for Market area of the city has announced it is closing. Great Times on Lancaster Road is to shut on Saturday 28 March. Sited at the base of Lancastria House – due to be demolished as part of a plan to create a new cinema and restaurant complex – the restaurant has been operating […]

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Former Bambers furniture shop premises demolished in regeneration project

Landmark demolished in Friargate regeneration project

A Preston landmark is set to be demolished, as part of the £18 million regeneration project which has begun on Friargate. Former Bambers furniture shop is one of many businesses who have seen their premises demolished to make way for the “transformation.” Along with Bambers, Blitz nightclub is also included in the demolition process, however owner Peter Alexander is looking to move to the former […]

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FWP partners with Roger. Left to right: Gordon Burke, Martin Whittle, Brent Clayton, Roger White, Kate Shuttleworth, David Robinson, Frank Whittle.

Lostock Hall man retires after almost half a century at Preston firm

A senior quantity surveyor has retired after nearly 50 years’ service to a Preston- based company, Frank Whittle Partnership. Roger White retired on his 65th birthday, after his mum found the job advertised in the local newspaper, 46 years ago. Roger, who lives in Lostock Hall, has worked on major constructions around the UK, and says when he started they “didn’t even have calculators!” A […]

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Competition launched to design Preston bus station’s Youth Zone.

A competition launched today, looking to bring the bus station’s £23 million redevelopments back to life with the opportunity to design a new youth zone. Back in October, plans for a youth zone at Preston’s bus station were criticised by the city’s youth councillor after the withdrawal of the decision for this to go ahead – despite already knocking down a nursery to make way […]

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