The new look Fishergate

On the mend? Preston city centre empty store rate falls

City centre recovery could be on its way as new figures show the number of empty properties in the centre of Preston has fallen. Now just over one in ten business properties stand empty compared to one in four in 2012. Preston Business Improvement District say 12 per cent of properties are now empty, and this is lower than the regional average of 18 per […]

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Preston's Indoor Market

Revealed: Why multi-million pound cinema complex is being touted as Preston’s great regeneration hope

Preston needs a scintillating night-time offer to help revive the flagging city centre, according to an expert report. A new cinema, the linchpin of the Preston City Council redevelopment plan for the city, could cost upwards of £6.5 million to fit out. Cinema experts dcinex were commissioned by the city council to scope out whether a city centre cinema would be the answer to Preston’s prayers. The report reveals how four […]

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Fylde Street Roundabout, Preston. January 8, 1969.

The changing face of the Adelphi roundabout area over passing decades

  With the announcement of the proposed Adelphi Square which would sweep away the Adelphi roundabout and nearby buildings, we thought it would be interesting to see the past developments of this area over the last century. In the above aerial photo from the late 1940’s you can see that although the layout of the area was quite similar to what it is now, there were many […]

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Preston ‘on the right road’ with Fishergate’s new look

The ambitious £3.4 million Fishergate Central Gateway project in Preston has been heralded as a major success by one of the largest retail centres in the city. Keith Mitchell, manager at the Fishergate Shopping Centre, says the new look has transformed the feel of the city’s premier retail street and its businesses are now beginning to feel the benefits. He was speaking as work was […]

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View down Great Shaw Street showing artists impression of Friargate Court

Portergate scheme on Friargate: Demolition experts on site as new student flats block work continues

A major new development of student flats has moved into its next stage. Portergate has appointed demolition experts Vale Park Demolition Services to begin work. Land off Friargate and Great Shaw Street is to become a 253-room student accommodation block with new shops facing onto one of the main city shopping streets. Anthony Jackson, chairman of Portergate Properties, said: “We can’t wait to see the […]

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Horrockses Factory Gate, Stanley Street, Preston 1912

A nostalgic journey around the former Horrocks Yard Works in Preston

With the recent announcement of the planned development of the Horrocks Yard Works site, I thought that it would be interesting to see how the Yard Works developed over time and to take a nostalgic trip around the factory site to see it as it was over the 150 years of its history. Since 1791 the Horrocks Yard Works site on Stanley Street in Preston […]

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