Preston landmark demolished in £18m rebirth project

Photo Neil Cross'Demolition work on the site of the former Bambers furniture shop on Friargate, Preston

Photo Neil Cross'Demolition work on the site of the former Bambers furniture shop on Friargate, Preston

  • Former Bambers is razed to the ground
  • Blitz set to be demolished
  • Nightclub could move to former Frog and Bucket venue
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A landmark store is being torn down to make way for a £18m regeneration project.

The former Bambers 
furniture shop is being razed to the ground, with the Blitz nightclub building also in line for demolition.

And the owner of the night-time venue has now revealed plans to relocate to the former Frog and Bucket premises. Owner Peter 
Alexander said the Great Shaw Street building was in the “last phase” of the demolition process. He said: “Moving to the city centre is going to be a different feel for the place. We’ll probably do some food and coffees during the day and then the nightclub will kick in at night. We will probably be a reasonably commercial club, with the Blitz twist. It’s very exciting that we can plan things for the future.”

The new Blitz is hoped to open after Easter, and an application has been submitted to Preston Council for the venue to open until 6am.

Anthony Jackson, 
chairman of Portergate Properties, said: “The site of the former Bambers shop on Friargate will be transformed, with 
quality retail and student 
accommodation as part of the first phase of our 
regeneration plan for the site.

“Once completed it will provide boutique hotel-style accommodation, not only for students but also for young key workers in the city, where we believe there is a real demand for this type of living space.

“The site of the old Blitz nightclub is part of our strategic, overall regeneration plan for the area.

“It will be developed as part of the second phase of the project and we will be revealing those plans in more depth as work on the first phase progresses.”