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Preston is changing... Here's a brief look at the redevelopment projects

Revitalising Preston Bus Station

Lancashire County Council approved plans for a £23m refurbishment of Preston's iconic listed bus station in late 2014. Currently underway, the improvements will involve:

  • Creation of a modern and vibrant indoor hub
  • Facilities for young people
  • Bus and coach transport
  • An attractive open outdoor public space

Whilst at the same time preserving the building's unique brutalist architecture.

Preston Youth Zone Plus

Occupying around a third of the ground floor on the Holiday Inn side of the building with a separate sports hall on the outside opposite St John's Shopping Centre, the Youth Zone Plus will feature:

  • Indoor sports hall
  • Outdoor pitch
  • Climbing wall
  • Fitness suite
  • Areas for music, dance, arts and crafts

The work on the bus station and the surrounding area will be completed by 2019.

Do you have children aged 8 to 19 years? Or know someone who does? These world class facilities will provide somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to for young people in Preston. There is also a specified area for people aged up to 25 with disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

For more information visit Lancashire County Council's website.

A master plan for studying

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Campus Masterplan sets out a 10 year vision for the area, focusing on opening up the campus with a new square and social space. This will bring Preston city centre closer to the university through landscaping and connections via Friargate and Corporation Street.

It is hoped this will attract more students, post graduates and international students, whilst also supporting the retention of graduates and young professionals in Preston.

Students are vital to Preston's economy - contributing culturally and adding to our city's diversity as well as bringing in much needed revenue through renting, shopping and social activities.

The Master Plan vision project began in 2016. Find out more by visiting UCLan's website.

A City Deal for you

City Deal will help to create more than 20,000 new private sector jobs and see over 17,000 new homes built across Preston and South Ribble, as well as new school places, open green spaces and health provisions to cater for the growing population.

This will provide a huge boost to the local economy, which is expected to grow by £1 billion over the next ten years.

A key part to City Deal is the £340m investment in new infrastructure, which will radically improve access by road around and to Preston from other parts of Lancashire and the UK.

Attracting more people to Preston will further revitalise the city, with additional investment in shops, restaurants and other local facilities.

Find out more on the Lancashire City Deal page.

Old Post Office becomes new hotel

A new boutique hotel is to transform Preston's former Post Office building. As well as the luxury hotel, it will also include a restaurant, bar, spa, pool, function room and will cater for weddings.

The central location will encourage visitors to explore the city centre, particularly the surrounding area including the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, the new markets and Preston's evening entertainment, restaurants and bars.

The 'Harris Hotel' is unique, located in the city centre and will encourage visitors to spend money in our local businesses. In turn, this will encourage more shops, restaurants, bars and attractions to consider Preston as the next location to open their business.

The hotel and spa will create approximately 50 new jobs and was started in 2017. Find out more by visiting The Harris Hotel Preston.

Your new markets

Preston Markets

The new Market Hall - a glass and timber clad pavilion style building - is located under part of the Victorian larger covered market canopy. The Outdoor Market will be situated at the top end near Lancaster Road, with the space having the potential to be used for evening events too.

The new Indoor Market will see some of your favourite traders taking up stalls with new and exciting traders as well.

In addition to outdoor market stalls, the fish market canopy will house a unique and innovative box market, with space for further outdoor market traders, to offer a variety of goods in this unusual shopping environment.

The new markets completion is set for early 2018.

Cinema and leisure scheme

Once the new market is open the current market hall will close. This will then be demolished to make way for a new state of the art cinema with experience screen. Not only will the latest blockbusters be shown but also independent and international films, live opera, ballet, theatre, festivals and major sporting events. New family restaurants will also form part of the complex, as well as a brand new multi-storey car park.

The cinema and leisure scheme could create approximately 250 new full time jobs.

Have you visited Preston Markets recently? Get everything you need, from fresh meat and fruit to a new handbag. Why not grab lunch and a coffee too.

For more information see Preston Markets

Other things to look out for

Winckley Square

Regeneration began in 2016, with the main aim to restore the gardens and bring surrounding buildings back into use. The continued restoration and enhancement provides an oasis for Prestonians in the heart of the city centre.

Have you visited the restored Winckley Square gardens? It's a perfect place for lunch or to grab a coffee and meet friends.

Find out more on our Winckley Square page.

The Harris

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library is a popular place to visit in central Preston and has enriched the lives of both its visitors and the local community. Hosting regular events, new exhibitions and weekly activities for both kids and adults, it offers a great day out for all the family.

Discover something new at the Harris! Entry is free and there are plenty of events and workshops to get involved in.

The Harris is currently working towards a "Re-imagining the Harris" project to enhance the facilities and keep the museum at the forefront of Preston's culture and creative community.

Find out more by visiting The Harris Museum website.


The development is one of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal's major projects and has the potential to generate significant economic and employment benefits to the south of the city. Included in this scheme are:

  • Ikea
  • New homes
  • Industrial space
  • Hotel

Find out more by visiting This is Cuerden.