Winckley Square secures lottery investment

Preston City Council and partners Lancashire County Council and Winckley Square Community Interest Company have received a confirmed grant of £945,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Winckley Square project.

Winckley SquareThe project aims to enhance the wider Winckley Square area's existing qualities through sensitive conservation based regeneration and re-energise it as a successful business location, one which is seen as a prestigious place to work, live and spend leisure time, as one of the city centre's opportunity areas.

With this funding, the project will endeavour to enhance the townscape through quality repair and refurbishment of key groups of buildings to support city-wide regeneration for the benefit of community and businesses in the area. This includes bringing vacant premises back into use; enhancing the area’s historic streetscape; and providing training in heritage skills for contractors, property owners and others involved in the management of the historic environment.

Councillor Peter Rankin, of Preston City Council, said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant. Winckley is an important Preston area for businesses, residents and visitors and this regeneration project will improve the area for everyone.” Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council said, "This is a big step towards the overall regeneration of Preston city centre, and complements the work that we're already doing on Fishergate to make it a nicer space for shoppers and businesses. We want to encourage new jobs and investment in a way that works sympathetically with the history and heritage of the square."