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Indoor and outdoor food and drink hall planned for just off Friargate

Posted on - 23rd November, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Food & Drink, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Pubs, Redevelopment, Restaurants in Preston, University campus
The proposed site layout
The proposed site layout

Plans have been submitted to convert the Chew’s Yard site off Friargate into an indoor and outdoor food and drink events space.

The existing use of the site includes a commercial unit, previously used for uPVC window manufacturing, two domestic homes and a car park.

The proposal at 113-115 Market Street West seeks for change of use of the two homes into a restaurant, with external changes and a new shop front.

Plans show designs for a pizzeria Pic: FWP Limited
Plans show designs for a pizzeria Pic: FWP Limited

The plans also include the conversion and partial demolition of the Walker Windows warehouse at 103-111 Market Street West, to form an indoor and outdoor drink hall and food market, with the construction of single storey food units and a single storey cocktail bar.

The houses to be converted are shown to the right, with the former Walker Windows site on the left Pic: Google
The former Walker Windows site is shown to the left, while the houses are to the right Pic: Google

If plans go ahead the restaurants would be open Monday to Sunday between 11am and 11pm, whereas the drinking establishments would operate seven days a week between 9am and 1am.

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The development site comprises 1405 square metres area and is situated to the southern side of Market Street West in a former warehouse building.

Next door to the east is the Playhouse Theatre, and to the west a Chinese restaurant. Offices and commercial properties lie to the west along Friargate with the road to the north.

Site location
Site location

The vacant site has 12 on-site parking spaces, once the development works start these will not be retained.

In terms of proposed materials, the shop frontage will be painted timber with new windows. There will be hit and miss timber railings along the front of a flat roof terrace, and aluminium and glass handrail to the rear of the property.

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TRP Consulting’s Geo-Environmental desk report, prepared for agents FWP Limited said: “The proposed development aims to leave the fabric of the existing buildings and hard standings in place requiring minimal excavation and earthworks.

“The venue will be uninsulated and well ventilated with nominal protection from wind and rain to provide a semi external environment.”

To view the full proposals visit the Preston City Council website.

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