Top designers target city’s forgotten spots

Peter Rankin, leader of Preston Council
Peter Rankin, leader of Preston Council
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The country’s leading architects have been invited to dream up a vision for Preston’s forgotten spaces.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed it will run its ‘Forgotten Spaces’ competition in Preston and London this year.

It will invite experts from across the country to come forward with their ideas for spots around the city which can be re-used and regenerated.

The winning ideas will then be put forward to Preston Council’s planning department as spaces which could be made taken forward.

RIBA president Angela Brady said the space could be anything from an empty shop to a patch of unused land or a derelict building to an underpass.

She said: “Forgotten Spaces provides a fantastic opportunity for architects and designers to share locally inspired proposals with a wide audience, including local authorities, investors and developers; it forms a test bed for ideas and discussion on what our cities could and should look like.”

A full brief for the competition will go live on the RIBA website at from Thursday.

The deadline to register to enter is Wednesday, March 27 with the closing date for entries set to Thursday, May 9.

The best proposals will then be showcased at a public exhibition at Preston’s former Post Office on Birley Street in December when the winners will be announced.

A top prize of £5,000 with £2,000 and £1,000 handed to the second and third-placed designs, courtesy of sponsors Eric Wright Group and the county council.

There will be a series of events and workshops for people bidding to enter the competition hosted by the city council and UCLan during next month with details announced shortly.

For a full story, see Tuesday’s Lancashire Evening Post.