Have your say in Preston’s future.

Architects are looking for your ideas to decide how Preston should look in years to come.

The City-zen Roadshows will take place for five days in November and will give Prestonians the chance to say how they think the city should develop.

As part of a £22 million EU-funded project, the roadshow will visit 10 cities in 10 countries by 2019.

It brings together internationally celebrated architects, tech experts and environmental sustainability experts, to discuss with residents their thoughts for better uses for buildings, streets and recreational areas.

The Broadgate area of the city is due to be the first place to be looked at and it will expand from there.

Professor of architecture at the University of Central Lancashire Craig Martin is leading the project and hopes that people can spare even just an hour from their busy schedules to participate.

The public are being asked to come to drop-in events at the Town Hall, the Gujarat Hindu Society and UCLan’s Harrington Social Space.

The full timetable for the events are below:

Monday 12 November (day 1)
Morning – start: 9.30am from Gujarat Hindu Society, Broadgate, Preston.
9.30am to 12noon – Walking Investigation (Broadgate, Gujarat, Fishergate, Guild, Markets, City Council)

Afternoon venue: Preston City Council (Chambers Room)
12noon to 12.30pm – Welcome to the City-zen ‘Preston’ Roadshow
12.30pm to 1.00pm – Introduction to Daily Activities
1.00pm to 1.15pm – Lunch
1.15pm to 3.30pm + – Inspiring Preston Presentations (Matthew Brown/The Preston Model, UCLan Masterplan, StudioJB, SWATStudio)

Tuesday 13 November (day 2)
Venue: Gujarat Hindu Society, Broadgate, Preston
Fun-shops begin – ‘Future Neighbourhoods’ & ‘Energy’
3.00pm to 4.00pm – ‘Drop-In’ to see what’s happening

Wednesday 14 November (day 3)
Venue: Gujarat Hindu Society, Broadgate, Preston
Fun-shops ‘Future Neighbourhoods’ & ‘Energy’ continue
9.00am to 12.30pm – ‘Go2Zero’ Fun-shop (A seriously fun role-playing game)
12.30pm to 12.45pm – Lunch
12.45pm to 2.00pm – ‘Pac-Man Carbon Crunching!’ Fun-shop
2.00pm to 3.00pm – ‘Drop-In’ to see what’s happening

Thursday 15 November (day 4)
Venue: Harrington Building, ‘Social Space’, UCLan
Fun-shops begin ‘Future Neighbourhoods’ & ‘Energy’
4.00pm to 5.00pm – ‘Drop-In’ to see what’s happening

Friday 16 November (day 5)
Venue: Preston City Council (Chambers Room)
10.00am to 10.15am – Welcome from Adrian Phillips (Chief Executive of PCC)
10.15am to 11.00am – The City Vision presented by ‘The Roadies’.
11.00am to 11.15am – Discussion
11.15am to 11.30am+ – Final words

(Image of Preston’s future courtesy of SWAT Studio). 

Maria Jacovou

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