Here are 9 things that have changed in Preston since the year 2000
It's fair to say a lot has changed across the world and in the city since the the millennium. From demolitions to new developments here are 9 ways Preston has changed in the last 20 years.
Work began on the early stages of the Fishergate 'shared space' project in 2013, with the first phase finishing in 2014 and working continuing well into 2016. Love it or loathe it, the scheme certainly transformed the centre of Preston.
Construction of anew retail park in Fulwood began in 2018 which promised to bring a supermarket, health club and a drive-through Costa Coffee to the site. Fulwood Central finally opened in October 2019.
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Plans to transform Preston's former TSB building into a JD Wetherspoon surfaced in September 2013. The building, which had been empty since 1997, finally opened as the Twelve Tellersin 2015.
Preston's most famous player and son Sir Tom Finney was immortalised in 2004 with the installation of'The Splash' statue at Deepdale.
The museum, home to a collection of over 140,000 boots, balls, programmes, paintings, postcards and ceramics was originally opened in the city in 2001. Sadly for Prestonin 2010 the venue closed, and eventually moved toManchester in 2012.
Demolition of Preston's indoor market hall, which had stood proudly in the city since 1973, began on July 15, 2018. Acinema, leisure complex, andmodern multi storey car park is planned for the site.
After over 150 years,Fishergate Baptist Church closed its doors as an active church in 2011. Plans for a high-end restaurant chain to make the iconic building its home were announced in 2017, with Bistrot Pierre finally opening its doors in 2018.
Plans to transformPrestonsformerpost office, which closed in 2005, into a luxuryhotelwere given the green light in 2016 -work to transform the 1903 structure began shortly after.
Preston's skyline changed forever in 2015 when one of Prestons iconic buildings disappeared forever. The University of Central Lancashires Fylde Building had stood in the city since 1960.