A chance to say what Preston should be like in years to come

Posted on - 25th October, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
We're not really sure what's going on in this picture! It's an image of Preston's future from the SWAT Studio
We’re not really sure what’s going on in this picture! It’s an image of Preston’s future from the SWAT Studio

How Preston could look in years to come is to be discussed and architects are looking for your ideas.


The City-zen Roadshows takes place for five days in November and gives Prestonians the chance to say how they think the city should develop.

Part of a £22million EU-funded project the roadshow is visiting 10 cities in 10 countries by 2019.

It brings internationally celebrated architects, tech experts and environmental sustainability experts together with residents to find better uses for buildings, streets and recreational areas.

The Broadgate area of the city is due to be the first place to be looked at and it will expand from there.

Professor of architecture at the University of Central Lancashire Craig Martin is leading the project.

He said: “We come in with a blank page, where no idea is a bad idea and take it from there. We want to help translate and visualise a community’s ideas into real plans that can be taken forward. It’s about saying what you would change to improve lifestyles and finding innovative and exciting ways to do it.

“As part of the plans, we’ll look at where the demand for energy in Preston comes from and what potential sources of energy are available to meet that demand. The ideal would be to make Preston a city that runs on clean energy.”

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The full timetable for the events are below but the public are being asked to come to drop-in events at the Town Hall, the Gujarat Hindu Society and UCLan’s Harrington Social Space.

Professor Martin said: “People can come for an hour, a day or even the full week, whatever they can spare. We appreciate your busy schedules and we promise not to give you any homework. But what we do ask is that you bring your experiences, passion, openness and energy.”

Monday 12 November (day 1)
Morning – start: 9.30am from Gujarat Hindu Society, Broadgate, Preston.
9.30am to 12noon – Walking Investigation (Broadgate, Gujarat, Fishergate, Guild, Markets, City Council)

Afternoon venue: Preston City Council (Chambers Room)
12noon to 12.30pm – Welcome to the City-zen ‘Preston’ Roadshow
12.30pm to 1.00pm – Introduction to Daily Activities
1.00pm to 1.15pm – Lunch
1.15pm to 3.30pm + – Inspiring Preston Presentations (Matthew Brown/The Preston Model, UCLan Masterplan, StudioJB, SWATStudio)

Tuesday 13 November (day 2)
Venue: Gujarat Hindu Society, Broadgate, Preston
Fun-shops begin – ‘Future Neighbourhoods’ & ‘Energy’
3.00pm to 4.00pm – ‘Drop-In’ to see what’s happening

Wednesday 14 November (day 3)
Venue: Gujarat Hindu Society, Broadgate, Preston
Fun-shops ‘Future Neighbourhoods’ & ‘Energy’ continue
9.00am to 12.30pm – ‘Go2Zero’ Fun-shop (A seriously fun role-playing game)
12.30pm to 12.45pm – Lunch
12.45pm to 2.00pm – ‘Pac-Man Carbon Crunching!’ Fun-shop
2.00pm to 3.00pm – ‘Drop-In’ to see what’s happening

Thursday 15 November (day 4)
Venue: Harrington Building, ‘Social Space’, UCLan
Fun-shops begin ‘Future Neighbourhoods’ & ‘Energy’
4.00pm to 5.00pm – ‘Drop-In’ to see what’s happening

Friday 16 November (day 5)
Venue: Preston City Council (Chambers Room)
10.00am to 10.15am – Welcome from Adrian Phillips (Chief Executive of PCC)
10.15am to 11.00am – The City Vision presented by ‘The Roadies’.
11.00am to 11.15am – Discussion
11.15am to 11.30am+ – Final words

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