9th Dec 2016
The multimillion-pound transformation of Preston’s Guild Hall, which has hosted many events in the past with pop singers such as David Bowie and The Osmond’s, has been given the go-ahead by planners.
Plans submitted by The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) to convert the basement and ground floor levels of the venue into a ten-pin bowling alley, nine-hole crazy golf course, karaoke booths, a sports bar and dining room were approved by Preston City councilors yesterday (8 September 2016).
The project, developed for the Guild Hall’s owner The Rigby Organization, will see a new entrance on Lord Street – directly facing the city’s iconic Bus Station, where a £23m Youth Zone and new piazza are being built.
Preston-based architects’ practice FWP has created a “masterplan” for the gradual redevelopment of the 1970s venue, which involves the creation of restaurants and bars.
The latest Guild Hall attraction will be called the LeVel and FWP has been appointed to carry out the full design work.
The new venue aims to “breathe life” back into the former Morrison’s supermarket site that has been empty for years.
Seb Salisbury, FWP’s architect, said: “We are really excited by this next phase in the redevelopment of the Guild Hall. The internal basement and ground floor areas will be totally transformed by the creation of a fantastic new boutique bowling leisure facility.
“LeVel will create a vibrant new offering in Preston city centre and help to further establish the reputation of the Guild Hall as a destination leisure attraction.”