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Frank Whittle replaces IBI Taylor Young on Preston markets

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Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) has replaced IBI Taylor Young on a project to regenerate Preston’s historic markets complex

Last week Preston City Council hired FWP for the scheme – which will create a new indoor market beneath two Grade II-listed canopies.

The appointment followed a decision to retender the project – which IBI Taylor Young had originally won in November last year– due to an increase in scope.

Council leader, councillor John Swindells said: ‘This was a tough contract to win, with a field of top architectural practices in the running.

‘The markets are hugely important to Preston and attract thousands of customers every week. I am confident with the passion and good will of traders and expertise of our design team, we can deliver a market truly fitting for the city of Preston and one we can all be rightly proud of.’

FWP partner Martin Whittle commented: ‘It’s good to see major aspirational projects like Preston Markets delivered by a local team of experts who can bring decades of experience to the job.

He continued: ‘We’re currently working on other elements so when the opportunity to lead on the whole development arose it wasn’t one to be missed.’

Planned to complete in 2017, the project will create a new indoor market beneath two Grade II-listed canopies constructed in the Victorian era and early Twentieth Century.

A late 1960s indoor market building will meanwhile be demolished and replaced with a new cinema and retail scheme.

Preston-based FWP will work in partnership with architects Greig and Stephenson to revise the existing designs (pictured) which have already been developed up to RIBA Stage 2.

Dubbed ‘Markets Quarter’, the development is a short distance from BDP’s iconic Preston Bus Station.

Emerging New York practice John Puttick Associates was named winner of a contest to regenerate the Grade II-listed Brutalist structure in August.

FWP was appointed last year to provide surveying and cost management services to the markets regeneration project.

It is understood that IBI Taylor Young decided not to bid for the rerun tender, but nobody was available for comment when AJ tried to contact the practice.

The project is expected to start on site next year.







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