Progress made at Harris Quarter development

Clearance work has been completed at the site of the former indoor market and car park at Preston’s Harris Quarter – moving plans for a major leisure scheme forward.

The site works have been undertaken to prepare the land for redevelopment ahead of a planning submission which, if successful, would see the expansion of the flagship scheme to also include bowling.

Preston 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 eight-screen cinema, a 16-lane bowling alley, numerous restaurants and a new multi storey car park.

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

Preston City Council leader Matthew Brown 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, said: “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.

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