Groundwork joins WSCIC to lead Winckley Square vision

Environmental regeneration charity Groundwork will lead the development of a vision for Preston’s historic Winckley Square.

Winckley SquareThe regeneration specialist has joined the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC), a business-led group set up to spearhead the revival of the Georgian square.

The project will include recommendations and plans for drainage, pathways, lighting, entrances, tree works, usability and maintenance.

The WSCIC has also brought on board arboriculture specialists from Myerscough College and UCLan’s architecture school as it aims to reveal first stage plans in the summer.

Landscape architects from Groundwork will meet with the WSCIC, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, Myerscough and UCLan to discuss the plans dubbed the Winckley Square Futures Project.

It is expected the first stage of the sympathetic design will be published in June for a further round of public consultation.

David Gill, chairman of the WSCIC, said: “The brief is simple. The community wants a sympathetic restoration of the square as highlighted through our public consultation of 2012. The vision will be incremental so that it can be done in phases if required.”

The vision will also include a series of short-term projects funded by the investment made by the Business Improvement District (BID). David Gill added: “The BID has invested £30,000 per annum over a five year period. We want to use some of this investment to fund a series of short-term projects. This is an exciting time for us as we will soon be able to see a shape of how things could look.”