Old Indoor Market cleared site

18 February 2020

The city council is working in partnership with Maple Grove and Muse Developments to bring forward the 160,000 sq ft scheme which will include an 8-screen cinema, a 16-lane bowling alley, numerous restaurants and a new multi storey car park.

Clearance work has now been completed at the site of the former indoor market and car park at Preston's Harris Quarter. The site works have been undertaken to prepare the land for redevelopment ahead of a planning submission in the spring of 2020 which, if successful, would see the expansion of the flagship scheme to also include bowling.

Designed by Leach Rhodes Walker, the development will be formally launched with a new identity once planning permission has been secured.

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council, said:

"This cutting-edge and integrated leisure development will reinforce the Harris Quarter as a premier cultural and leisure destination in Lancashire and will help our City Centre to thrive as well as promoting an inclusive economy with the development in the ownership of the city when complete."

Andrew Dewhurst, director at Maple Grove Developments, commented:

"With the site now cleared we are focused on submitting the revised application in the spring.  The inclusion of bowling will add another dimension to the retail and leisure offer and will be a superb addition to Preston city centre. We have had a lot of interest in the scheme from a wide variety of leisure operators and it is great to see the first phase of remediation work now complete."

CBRE and Brady Chartered Surveyors are advising on the scheme.

Works are anticipated to commence beginning of 2021.

Background information

Preston City Council actively applies and prioritises the principles of Community Wealth Building wherever applicable and appropriate. Community Wealth Building is an approach which aims to ensure the economic system builds wealth and prosperity for everyone. For more information please see: www.prestoncommunitywealth.org 

Founded in 1923, the Eric Wright Group is a leading property and construction company that develops, builds and maintains the UK's infrastructure.

Wholly owned by the Eric Wright Charitable Trust, the Group is committed to delivering employment and regeneration opportunities in the communities in which it operates in. All company profits are either invested back into the Eric Wright Group or awarded to charities and projects, predominately throughout the North West, which support young persons' wellbeing, elderly services, education and training, health or carers' support.

The Eric Wright Group owns and operates Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre in Cumbria and is an employer partner and sponsor of the Eric Wright Learning Foundation at Preston's College, which supports young people aged 14+ studying Level 1 - 3 vocational courses and Apprenticeships.

Based at Bamber Bridge, near Preston, the Eric Wright Group comprises seven specialist divisions that regularly collaborate to deliver joined-up approaches with outstanding results and maintain strong relationships with private and public sector clients and partners. The Group's seven divisions are Maple Grove Developments, Construction, Civil Engineering, Water, Health & Care, Facilities Management (FM) and Applethwaite Homes.