Students given chance to ‘reimagine’ market stalls

A vision of how Preston's market quarter could look. View is looking from Orchard Street.
A vision of how Preston's market quarter could look. View is looking from Orchard Street.
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Budding designers are to be given the chance to “reimagine” the stalls of Preston’s new-look outdoor market.

Architecture students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been invited to a “design charette” - an intensive design and planning session - to create a new design for the outdoor stalls.

The students will be briefed by market traders, before coming up with designs and concepts for the market pitches.

The traders will then judge the designs and mock-ups created by the students, and the best designs will be considered by the markets project architectural team.

The event has been organised by the Preston-based Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) - the lead consultant for the market redevelopment – and Preston Council.

John Bridge, FWP project architect, said: “We are certainly looking forward to seeing what the students come up with on the day.

“It’s going to be very interesting to experience a day on the market which will help the students to design and make prototypes that respond to trader’s needs.

“As well as a research and development exercise, by talking to and listening to traders, students will get a real handle on what is needed to deliver stalls the businesses need to operate successfully on the outdoor market. As part of the overall process we are really listening to what the traders have to say and what their requirements are so this information can be used positively moving forward.”

Coun Peter Rankin, leader of Preston Council, said: “We’re determined to create something really special for Preston and this is another indication of the partnership approach which will deliver a successful market regeneration vision for the traders and the people of the city.

“The aim is to deliver a market truly fitting for the city of Preston and one we can all be rightly proud of.”

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