BDP Architects will continue to work on the £700 million Preston Tithebarn scheme, despite co-developer Grosvenor withdrawing from the project today
The regeneration project, which is now being led by Lend Lease and Preston City Council, received planning permission this summer but was recently called in by the Government, with a public inquiry to begin shortly.
John Irvine, executive director for development at Grosvenor, whose massive Liverpool One shopping scheme narrowly missed out on this year’s Stirling Prize, said: ‘Following a strategic review, Grosvenor is refocusing its development activity on building a larger portfolio of medium-sized, retail, residential and mixed-used projects, rather than concentrating on a few large, long-term, city centre regeneration schemes.
‘We were determined to see the Tithebarn scheme through to planning consent, which was approved recently, and we wish Lend Lease and Preston City Council every success with the project.’
The long-term plans still include the demolition of BDP’s own Preston Bus Garage – an unlisted 1970s Brutalist gem that will be replaced under the wider masterplan for the city (pictured below).