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Muse Developments' £50m Preston Markets Quarter set for planning go-ahead

Preston Council is set to give the green light to a £50m cinema-led development as part of the town’s Markets Quarter.

Planning officers have recommended the approval of the scheme, which will include a 11-screen cinema, restaurant space and a multi-storey car park with nearly 600 spaces.

Muse is acting as developer for the project in partnership with the local council.

Work includes the demolition of all existing structures on the site, with only the art deco facade of the Lancastria House building being retained.

Plans also include public realm improvements, linking to the town’s market, which is currently undergoing restoration.

The cinema and restaurant development forms part of a wider regeneration of the town’s Markets Quarter.

Frank Whittle Partnership and Greig & Stephenson are the lead architects on the wider scheme, while Benoy is acting as lead architect for Muse’s cinema element.

Cinema chain The Light will operate the new complex once it is operational.

Other Muse schemes in the North-west include a £185m mixed-use development in Manchester city centre, backed by Network Rail and Manchester City Council.

Plans were approved for the project in May this year.

In August, Bam Construct was picked to deliver a £30m scheme in Preston for the University of Central Lancashire.

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