Guild Hall rescue granted in silence

VISION: How Preston Guild Hall will look after facelift
VISION: How Preston Guild Hall will look after facelift
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Ambitious plans to inject new life into Preston’s internationally renowned Guild Hall have been approved . . . in total silence.

Councillors, who have been holding their breath for months, unanimously accepted an application for a £1m facelift of the world famous entertainment complex without making a single comment.

New owner Simon Rigby is days away from buying the building because the cash-strapped city council can no longer afford to run it. And the scheme to turn a venue with such a star-studded past into Preston’s futuristic “beating heart” at no cost to council taxpayers has come as a massive relief for a grateful local authority.

“The Guild Hall has huge untapped potential in terms of both its enviable location and bold architectural form,” said the architect behind the scheme, Seb Salisbury, of the Frank Whittle Partnership. The venue is close to the heart of many Prestonians and we have created a design that will breathe new life into what has become a rather tired building.

“When you add the vision and enthusiasm that Simon Rigby’s team is bringing to the venue, the future of this important city centre building is now looking much brighter.”

The plan to turn the building into a cultural hub includes cafes and breakout spaces, a giant high-level digital screen and state-of-the-art lighting to give a 21st century feel to an iconic 1970s entertainment venue.