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St George’s Shopping Centre revamp gets the go ahead

Posted on - 17th June, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
A view looking up Friargate towards the revamped shopping centre
A view looking up Friargate towards the revamped shopping centre

Friargate will have a brand new look now that plans to revamp a Preston shopping centre have been confirmed.

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Councillors at Preston City Council have approved plans to install a new frontage on St George’s Shopping Centre facing into Friargate and Ringway.

Seven shops will be refurbished, three of which are currently empty units.

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New installations to the shopping centre will include ‘Juliet’ balconies, lantern lights, an adapted glazed canopy, hardwood timber shop fronts, barrier screens and security shuttering.

One view of the proposed St George's restaurant complex along Friargate side of the centre
One view of the proposed St George’s restaurant complex along Friargate side of the centre

Among the installations will be a self-sufficient ‘living wall’ system around the shop front and window openings.

New seating areas outside the shopping centre front will include tables, chairs and screens.

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Councillor Drew Gale, of the Town Centre ward, which includes the city centre, said: “I loved the plans, they are yet another example of the fact that Preston is ‘open for business’.

“It will compliment the brilliant new markets and the Fishergate improvement.

“It will attract more potential customers and indeed further investment into out great City.

“We are well on our way to becoming the premier destination of choice for city centre shopping in Lancashire.”

Andrew Stringer, centre manager at St George’s Shopping Centre, said: “I’m delighted that Preston City Council has approved the proposed redevelopment plans for the element of St George’s Shopping Centre fronting onto Friargate.

“We continue to see strong interest from exciting potential occupiers and we will be keeping the local community updated with our progress.”

Have you visited St George’s Shopping Centre recently? What do you think about the plans for the new shop frontage? Let us know in the comments below

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