Preston’s £40m Animate takes a step forward

Maple Grove Developments is forging ahead with its plans to redevelop the city’s former indoor market site into a leisure scheme featuring an eight-screen cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley.

The Leach Rhodes Walker-designed project also features, five restaurant and bar units, a street food hub, and a 164-space car park. 

Maple Grove, which is delivering Animate for Preston City Council, has lodged a planning application for the scheme five years after an earlier iteration of the project was approved. 

The development has changed over recent years in response to current leisure market trends, the council said. 

Muse Developments was appointed as Preston City Council’s development partner for the site in 2015. In 2016, the company won planning consent to create an 11-screen cinema, seven family restaurants, and a 593-space multi-storey car park, but work never started on site. 

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Main image: via Preston City Council

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