Preston artist weaves nod to city’s heritage into new Animate Cinema complex

Bonnie Craig in front of her metal façade cladding design. An artist’s homage to the history and culture of Preston has been completed at the city’s £45 million Animate leisure complex which towers over the Market Hall. Bonnie Craig was commissioned by Maple Grove Developments, the developer delivering […]

3 weeks ago
Preston Animate cinema reaches highest point in construction

The Animate site looking from Orchard Street Pic: Blog Preston A key moment in the development of the new cinema and leisure complex in Preston city centre has been reached. Known as ‘topping out’ the £45million scheme along Ringway and […]

2 months ago
Preston City Council leader Matthew Brown on Guild Hall, Preston Model, public scrutiny and more

Cllr Brown at the Guild Hall The leader of Preston City Council has been quizzed on some of the issues closest to the hearts of Prestonians. Blog Preston sat down with Matthew Brown to talk about […]

2 months ago
Preston in the early 1970s, apples at 10p per pound, hats and cigarettes

Preston Market in 1972 Pic: Richard Jackson Preston in the early 1970s was still in the thrall of redevelopment with large swathes of the town looking like bomb sites. The lead image shows the thriving market. Notable […]

6 months ago
Preston artist designs Animate Cinema cladding

The Animate Cinema is due to open in 2025 in the city centre and the top third of the building will feature the design from Bonnie which takes inspiration from the streets around the cinema.

8 months ago
Ceremonial coins added to Preston’s Animate steelwork

L-R Mike Costello, Matt Friedmann, Cllr Yakub Patel and Nick Hague To mark the progress of Preston’s £45m+ Animate leisure complex, two ceremonial coins have been added to the construction project’s steelwork. A 50p Windrush coin, which celebrates 75 years since […]

8 months ago
Preston Animate cinema complex to now open in 2025

Preston’s under-construction city centre cinema and leisure complex is now set to open in early 2025, the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) can reveal. Building work on the development had […]

10 months ago
Steelwork being installed at Preston’s Animate leisure scheme

L-R: Nick Hague, John Chesworth, Adrian Phillips, Chris Hayward Steelwork is being installed at Preston’s Animate leisure complex. It’s the latest milestone in the £45 million+ scheme, one of six major projects planned under Preston’s Harris Quarter Towns Fund […]

11 months ago
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