Fishergate Central Gateway, Preston
The £3.4 million Fishergate Central Gateway Project completed towards the end of 2015. The project, funded by £1.38m from the European Regional Development Fund and £2m from Lancashire County Council, aimed to improve key gateways into the city.
County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This project represents the most significant investment in Preston’s city centre in a generation and it has completely transformed Fishergate. The result is a much more attractive environment, which is already attracting new business to the city.”
Councillor John Swindells, Deputy Leader of Preston City Council, said: “The new tree-lined Fishergate, with its wide pavements and contemporary, clutter-free spaces is a huge improvement. It is a much more attractive place to spend time as a pedestrian and I’m sure that it will be a real boost for the commercial heart of Preston.” Transforming Fishergate is the first phase of a longer term strategy that we’re working on with Lancashire County Council to develop the city centre and surrounding area.”
Ben Hamilton-Baillie, international expert on shared space schemes and a consultant on the Fishergate scheme, said: “Like all towns and cities, Preston needs renewal and regeneration to take advantage of new business opportunities and the growth of the university. To attract people and money, the public realm has to be attractive. The new street designs provide a fresh and distinctive palette for the City, to create low-speed, attractive streets and spaces that can accommodate traffic whilst attracting more pedestrian and cycle activity. The scheme introduces a new era for Preston, one based on shared space and civility.”
The aims of the Fishergate Central Gateway project were to improve two of the key approaches to Preston city centre. The main areas involved were the stretch from Preston railway station up Fishergate as far as Lune Street, Corporation Street from the junction with Ringway up to Fishergate, and along Ringway to the Friargate crossing.
Hardscape supplied a mix of paving including Magma, Royal White, Yellow Rock, Kobra and Rustenberg granite setts and Crystal Black granite kerbs plus tactile accessories. Client: Lancashire County Council. Landscape Architect: Planit-IE. Contractor: Casey Group.
Lancashire County Council.
Planit-IE Landscape Architects, Altrincham.