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Markets Quarter

View of new Preston Markets from Orchard Street


About Markets Quarter

The Markets Quarter development will revitalise Preston Markets, deliver a ‘game-changing’ cinema and restaurant complex and bring both the stunning listed former Post Office and Amounderness House back into regular use.

The Markets are a key part of the city’s culture and heritage and are very important to Preston. This ambitious project is at the heart of city centre regeneration with Preston City Council committed to significant investment to provide a new, successful market.

Preston Markets

The new Market Hall, currently under construction, is a modern glass and timber-clad pavilion style building designed to complement the larger listed Victorian market canopy its located under. The remainder of space beneath the canopy will continue to operate as an outdoor market during the day and flexible event and performance space in the evening.

New Preston Market - Stall Opportunities

Applications are now being taken for the new indoor market hall and box market. If you are interested in becoming part of the new Preston Markets we would like to hear from you.

Full details on how to submit your application, guidelines to assist you in filling out the form plus detailed plans of the Indoor Market and Box Market can all be found on the Preston City Council Markets Application pages.

Cinema and Leisure Scheme

Muse Developments have put forward the plans for the cinema complex which comprise a state-of-the-art 11-screen cinema including a large format experience screen, run by cinema operators, The Light, 7 family restaurants and a replacement multi-storey car park.

Project Phases

Phase 1 & 2 - Completed 2016 - Restoration on the Fish Market and the 1875 Market canopy comprised refurbishment of the metalwork, redecoration and re-lighting.

Phase 3 - On site - Building of the new indoor market hall under the restored 1875 Market Canopy and Box Market under the Fish Market canopy plus public realm work are underway.

New market completion - winter 2017/18

Phase 4 - Demolition of current market hall and car park.

Phase 5 - Construction of the landmark cinema, restaurant and car park complex on the site of the demolished indoor market hall.

What will happen to the current market throughout this period of change?

Preston Markets will continue to trade throughout the redevelopment process. The current market hall will not close until the new Indoor Market is built and open. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the Outdoor and Secondhand Markets during this time.

Old Post Office Building

Signature Living will transform the former post office building into a new boutique hotel. Overlooking the Flag Market and Harris, once complete this luxury hotel will include a restaurant and bar, spa and pool as well as a function room. Due for completion in 2018, the hotel will further enhance this area of Preston City Centre.