Harris Quarter Update

Source: Preston City Council 1 February 2019

Today at full Council, Councillors of Preston City Council received updates of, and made decisions concerning, the continued development of the Harris Quarter.

Just shy of 12 months since the opening of the new award winning Preston Market Hall, the Council is making good progress working with its partners to secure the regeneration the surrounding area. With the iconic Harris recently receiving confirmation of development funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the former Post Office building’s transformation into the Shankley Hotel, the Harris Quarter is a hive of activity and change.

The Council is continuing to progress its plans for a cinema on the site of the former market hall and market car park. In addition to a modern cinema, the scheme’s initial designs include restaurants which will face Preston Market Hall, and the creation of a new public square. There are also plans for a 250 space multi-storey car park providing a gateway frontage with direct access from Ringway.

Councillor Matthew Brown said,

“I am pleased to say that with unanimous cross-party Council support we are able to progress with our ambitious plans for the former Market Hall and Market car park site.

We are working hard to ensure that our plans, which include an exciting cinema and leisure offer, maximise the benefit to both Preston city centre and the wider economy. It is important to us that the development complements Preston Markets and the burgeoning leisure and cultural offer in the city centre, as well as deliver our core values of community wealth building and social value in every achievable way.

I look forward to continuing to work alongside Muse and The Light Cinemas to achieve this exciting development for the city. ”

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