As part of Preston’s £20.9 million Towns Deal, Preston received £1m in accelerated funding as part of the government’s aim to help places “build back better” in the wake of Covid-19.

The projects include:

The MET – mobile events tent

The MET will be a unique mobile structure that can accommodate audiences in the region of 100 people for arts and cultural events in the city centre and its communities. The space will play a key role in continuing provision of cultural events and attractions in the city while Preston recovers from Covid-19. It will be an important piece of community cultural infrastructure that will attract people from across the city and further afield. It will continue the tradition of Preston as somewhere that is the first to test new physical, architectural, and social structures.

Wallace & Gromit Bench Sculpture

Paying homage to Preston-born Nick Park, and the iconic Wallace & Gromit duo he created, the project is supported by Aardman Animations, the studio which gave Wallace and Gromit its worldwide success. The bench will be located at the front of Preston Markets and act as a focal point for visitors to the city centre.

Market Street Phone Boxes

Known for being the UK’s longest line of traditional red phone boxes, these locally-loved assets have been acquired and set to be refurbished. Not only will it protect the structures for many more years to come, the project will also consider how they can be used as a location for installations and art displays.

Preston Street Murals

This exciting project will see selected city centre buildings adorned with colourful, inspiring and thought-provoking murals. The project will be led by local artists and will bring high-quality street art to Preston.

Animate Street Hoardings

This is another project that will promote Preston’s creativity and artistic flair. Designed by local design studio Wash, the hoardings have been installed around the old market site, providing visual interest while construction work is undertaken on the Animate cinema and leisure project.

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