Green light for £10m Preston sports hub

Exciting developments are on the horizon for Preston’s Ashton Park, as plans for a two-storey complex have been approved by the city council’s planning committee. Set to commence this summer, the project aims to revitalize the area and enhance community facilities.

The £9.7 million project, funded in part by the government’s Levelling Up Fund grant, will transform the existing council-owned space into a vibrant community hub. The complex will feature half-a-dozen grass pitches, a café, changing rooms, classrooms, and a 3G pitch. Additionally, the development includes provisions for 120 car parking spaces and a foot/cycleway within the park, ensuring accessibility for all.

Led by Cassidy + Ashton and Eric Wright Construction, the project represents a collaborative effort from various stakeholders, including Ascerta, KRS Environmental, DEP Landscape Architecture, Environoise, and Salford Archaeology.

Adrian Robinson, director of environment and property at Preston City Council, emphasized the project’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for local residents and community sports clubs. The new facilities are poised to provide valuable recreational opportunities for youngsters and promote grassroots sports throughout the year.

James Eager, director of Eric Wright Construction, expressed enthusiasm for the project’s approval and highlighted the team’s dedication to realizing the vision for Ashton Park. With planning secured, the construction is scheduled to commence later this year.

For those interested in learning more about the project, details can be found on Preston City Council’s planning portal under reference number 06/2023/1379. Stay tuned for updates as Ashton Park undergoes its transformation into a vibrant community space for all to enjoy.