Lancashire County Council and Preston City Council have embarked on an ambitious programme to restore quality and civility to the centre of Preston. Hamilton-Baillie Associates prepared the concept proposals, now under construction after detailed design by Planit-IE, the landscape architects based in Altringham. The aim is to restore the connectivity between the magnificent railway station, Fishergate and its surrounding narrow streets (the historic centre) and the emerging central business district and university.
Completion of the first phase was achieved in September 2014. Phase Two was recently completed, and a third phase is in preparation for the university area. Martin Porter has steered the project for Lancashire County Council.
Phase One won the 2016 CIHT annual Clutter Reduction Award.