Design team helps Preston charity to take shape

EXCITING PLANS: Heartbeat is taking over the former football museum next to Preston North End's ground. Pictured is Heartbeat chief executive Jill Rogerson

EXCITING PLANS: Heartbeat is taking over the former football museum next to Preston North End's ground. Pictured is Heartbeat chief executive Jill Rogerson

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A design team is leading ambitious plans to redevelop a charity’s new premises.

The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) is working with Heartbeat as it gears up to open its new base at Preston North End’s ground in Deepdale in January.

The charity, which provides rehabilitation, education and research for heart patients in Lancashire, is moving from its base in Harris Park, Fulwood, to the former National Football Museum in Deepdale.

The Lancashire Evening Post launched a campaign at the end of September to raise £37,000 for the charity’s move. Work on the refurbishment is now well underway and the charity is aiming for a New Year opening.

David Robinson, managing partner of FWP, said: “We are very pleased to be able to be working with a much-loved charity that does such fantastic work in our local community.

“The importance of the charity’s work is put into sharp focus when you consider that one in four people will develop heart disease. The charity is working hard to reduce that figure. The new centre is now really taking shape and it will mean that Heartbeat can offer its services to more people.”

FWP created the masterplan that saw the redevelopment of Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium, including the football museum and the NHS Minerva Health Centre.

Mr Robinson added: “It is fitting that Heartbeat is moving into the space, given the presence of the Minerva centre and Lifestyle Fitness gym within the stadium.”

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