Events and Projects

Forgotten Spaces Preston

Forgotten Spaces Preston Exhibition

50 - 52 Lancaster Road

Weekdays, 12 - 2pm from 7 November - 15 November

The exhibition showcases the best propositions to renovate Preston’s disused and abandoned spaces and restore them into public attractions for all to enjoy. From the fantastical to the functional, the 22 proposals include the introduction of floating markets, a pier-wrapped car park and a disused railway tunnel refurbished to provide living units.


Forgotten Spaces Competition

Competition winners:


RIBA North West
Copyright: Aynsley Gray and Jamie McAllister

1st Prize: £5,000: canaLIDO by Aynsley Gray & Jamie McAllister 

2nd Prize: £2000: Shelf Life by OSC Design: Oliver Beasley & Chris Blake

3rd Prize: £1000: Woven in Cotton by Luke Petty & Gillian Harrison


Earlier this year RIBA North West teamed up with Preston City Council and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with the support of the Eric Wright Group, Booths and Lancashire County Council to launch a new Forgotten Spaces ideas competition for 2013.  

The competition has successfully taken place in London, Newcastle and Sheffield. The competition asked entrants to seek out redundant spaces across Preston's municipal city boundary and respond with innovative design proposals for re-use and regeneration. 
The 2013 competition gave entrants the option to consider specific sites put forward by Preston City Council's Planning Department, UCLan and the North Lancashire Society of Architects as spaces that could be made a part of the community, or select their own site.

The competition asked: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, empty buildings, spaces hidden away or on our rooftops? 

To find out more about the competition download the competition brief:


   Forgotten Spaces Preston Sponsors:

 Eric Wright Group
 Lancashire County Council


Forgotten Spaces Preston Supporters:

 Preston City Council
University of Central Lancashire
Architects' Journal 

Exhibition Sponsors:





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