Preston Market Hall wins Planning Award for ‘Best Use of Publicly Owned Land or Property’

Posted on - 6th June, 2019 - 6:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The new Market Hall
The new Market Hall

Preston Market Hall has won a prestigious national design award for its renovation scheme.


The development was up against stiff competition from local authorities and public services in the Best Use of Publicly Owned Land or Property category of the Planning Awards 2019.

Judges commended the bold design which saw the listed Victorian canopies glazed to create a modern ‘European style’ market with improved food and drink facilities.

They also recognised Preston City Council’s commitment to keeping it local by using local designers and builders.

The £4m Market Hall opened last February and replaced the former indoor market which is undergoing demolition to make way for an entertainment complex.

Read more: Preston Markets scheme is making good progress

Councillor Peter Moss, Cabinet Member for planning and regulations said: “We are delighted that Preston Markets has won the ‘Best use of publicly- owned land and/or property in placemaking’ award at the Planning Awards 2019.

“It is great to be recognised by these prestigious awards and highlights the hard work from the Markets project team, partners and contractors, who have made it all possible.”

Leader of the council Matthew Brown tweeted: “So happy @Prestonmarkets has won “best use of publicly owned land in placemaking” at the @Planning_Awards tonight. Congratulations to all involved. #prestonmodel

Among the opposition were: St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, 8 Albert Embankment, Lambeth – a scheme which included updated fire station facilities and a museum, and Waltham Forest Town Hall Campus Redevelopment – which was awarded Highly Commended.

Read more: World Foods latest stall to leave Preston Markets

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