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Porsche centre for Preston Docks wins approval

Posted on - 16th January, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Preston News, Redevelopment, Riversway
Porsche garage as viewed from Watery Lane
Porsche garage as viewed from Watery Lane

How the latest high-end car dealership in Preston will look has been revealed.

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Porsche has secured permission to build a new 43,000 square foot showroom on Preston Docks.

Operated by Bowker Motor Group the showroom and garage is to face into Watery Lane and West Strand Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.

Plans were approved by councillors on Preston City Council’s planning committee on Thursday (11 January).

Bowker say the centre, the 40th in the UK, will create more than 30 jobs.

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Bowker chief executive Paul Bowker said: “We are delighted to receive planning permission for Porsche Centre Preston.

“Bowker Motor Group has enjoyed an exciting period of expansion over the last four years. This latest investment continues our commitment to the Lancashire motoring sector and the regeneration of our Preston docklands gateway location.

“Thousands of people will pass the new Porsche dealership every day. So it is important that we improve the area and experience for Prestonians and city visitors.

“We are especially excited to be partnering with one of the world’s most prestigious motoring brands. A city like Preston deserves the best brands and retail experiences. And Porsche certainly represents that.

“We are also grateful to the authorities and the team of professionals who have worked so hard to help us progress through the crucial planning stage.”

Another view of the new Porsche garage
Another view of the new Porsche garage

Work on the Porsche centre is expected to begin in the Spring and it should open later this year.

The building has space for 35 cars and also a 13-bay workshop.

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Designs were prepared by Preston-based architects Cassidy + Ashton.

Director Lawrence McBurney said: “This exciting new dealership will help to uplift the appearance of the surrounding area and hopefully act as a catalyst for further regeneration of this important gateway to the City.

“We have already worked with Bowker Motor Group to create some amazing new retail spaces in the region. So we were delighted to work with them once again on this landmark project. The building shows the very best of modern retail design, whilst showcasing one of the most exciting automotive brands on the planet.”

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