Shortlist drawn up for major overhaul of Park

Contractors shortlisted for new pavilion at Preston's Aveham Park

One of Britain’s biggest park renovations has come a step nearer. Preston City Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have drawn up a shortlist of firms to develop design proposals for a pavilion at the city’s Avenham Park. It will have a £7.5 million revamp if a Heritage Lottery Fund bid comes through. The council received 67 expressions of interest from the UK, Europe and the US. A jury of councillors, members of Preston’s city vision board and friends of the park chose Design Engine Architects, Ian McChesney, Niall McLaughlin Architects, Space Craft Architects and Studio Egret West. Head of parks Eddie Curry is developing stage two of the bid for April, having received a £400,000 development grant last March. He said: “Preston City Council was delighted by the response to the competition. The pavilion will [subject to funding] form a key component in the regeneration of Avenham and Miller Park, and the city centre as a whole. It will be one of the first new buildings in a programme of major projects being led by Preston’s city vision board.” Local public comment on the five design concepts is being invited. Funding for the design competition and development work for the pavilion has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, AvenCentral Regeneration Partnership and Preston City Council.

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