Fishergate, Preston

Fundamental rebalance of the pedestrian/vehicle hierarchy has transformed Preston into an attractive civic centre and dramatically improved the city’s viability as a business location. Welcoming city gateways now greet people arriving at the station and University, drawing you into and across the city.

A palette of subtle, yet sophisticated interventions have replaced the highways dominated layout at the city’s core. Wide footways, broad super-crossings, anchor trees and stone-carved plinths work together to redress the balance between traffic and pedestrians whilst guiding free-flowing movement. Bold streetscape designs have reversed declining retail along Fishergate and boosted the city’s long-term prosperity, spurring plans and funding for subsequent phases of work.