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Got big ideas to improve Preston? The City-zen Roadshow wants to hear them

International experts will help you bring ideas to life

People are being invited to share their ideas of how they’d like to change or improve Preston to make it a more sustainable and better city to live and work in.

The City-zen Roadshow is coming to Preston for five days from 12 to 16 November and is open to anyone who is interested in making changes to create a healthier, happier and more energy efficient Preston.

The €22million European Union (EU) funded project is set to visit 10 cities in 10 countries by 2019. It aims to bring internationally celebrated experts in architecture, technology and environmental sustainability together with local residents to explore new ideas.

The project will initially focus on Broadgate and expand from there. Ideas may be around making better use of buildings, streets and recreational areas, improving transport links and connecting neighbourhoods more easily. In turn, it is hoped that the plans will include ways of refining energy use and reducing Preston’s carbon footprint.

The project is led by University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Professor of architecture Craig Martin. The team has already helped the people of Belfast, Izmir, Dubrovnik, Menorca, Sevilla and Roeselare, in Belgium, to re-imagine their cities.

Professor Martin said: “We come in with a blank page, where no idea is a bad idea and take it from there. We want to help translate and visualise a community’s ideas into real plans that can be taken forward. It’s about saying what you would change to improve lifestyles and finding innovative and exciting ways to do it. 

The ideal would be to make Preston a city that runs on clean energy.

“As part of the plans, we’ll look at where the demand for energy in Preston comes from and what potential sources of energy are available to meet that demand. The ideal would be to make Preston a city that runs on clean energy.”

Students from UCLan and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands will facilitate sessions throughout the week using games and fun-shops to gather ideas. The students have already completed an initial analysis of Preston to prompt discussion and final plans produced at the end of the week will be left with the city to progress if it wishes.

The Roadshow will take place in Preston City Council’s Chambers Room on Monday 12 and Friday 16 November, it will be at Gujarat Hindu Society on 13 and 14 and in UCLan’s Harrington Social Space on 15 November.

Professor Martin added: “People can come for an hour, a day or even the full week, whatever they can spare. We appreciate your busy schedules and we promise not to give you any homework. But what we do ask is that you bring your experiences, passion, openness and energy.”


A Preston image from the SWAT Studio

We come in with a blank page, where no idea is a bad idea and take it from there. We want to help translate and visualise a community’s ideas into real plans that can be taken forward.

The full timetable is 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

Lyndsey Boardman | 24 October 2018