Preston firm will lead project to revamp markets quarter

FUTURE: An impression of how the new markets quarter could look

FUTURE: An impression of how the new markets quarter could look

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Preston-based architects and surveyors’ practice the Frank Whittle Partnership has been appointed as the lead consultant on the development of the city’s historic markets.

FWP won the contract to realise the vision for the new market.

This is a major investment and I’m confident we have got a great combination of local experts to lead the Preston Markets redevelopment.

John Swindells

The firm will work in partnership with architects Greig and Stephenson, specialists in market developments.

To complete a Lancashire line up, the project will be supported by Preston-based companies Blezard Ltd, Morgan Martin and PWA Planning, and Wigan-based Sanderson Watts Associates.

Deputy Council Leader Councillor John Swindells said: “This is a major investment and I’m confident we have got a great combination of local experts to lead the Preston Markets redevelopment.

“This was a tough contract to win, with a field of top architectural practices in the running.

“It is a true partnership and by that I mean traders, architects and the people of Preston. The response from traders to the draft scheme has been positive. We’ve captured the imagination and have the basis for a wholesale re-generation of Preston Markets.”

Martin Whittle, Partner at FWP, said: “It’s good to see major aspirational projects like Preston Markets delivered by a local team of experts who can bring decades of experience to the job.

“As a Preston based multi-disciplinary practice we have immense pride in our city and the council’s ambitious vision for Preston Markets is a sign of increasing confidence in Preston, something we have seen in our growing portfolio of regeneration work in the city.”

Ken Greig from Greig and Stephenson said: “Partnering with FWP will work extremely well as we share their passion for Preston; this combined with our expert knowledge of markets makes the perfect partnership.

“Now the hard work begins, we’ve got an excellent basis to work from and a great set of traders to work with, so lots to look forward too.”

Mike Horner, regional director of Muse Developments, who are working on plans for a cinema on the site, said: “This is a vital step forward for the Markets Quarter development.”