The firm behind Preston city centre £45m overhaul


Eric Wright Construction will deliver a £45 million leisure and entertainment complex in Preston. 

Preston city centre.
by Rory ButlerJanuary 11, 2023

Working alongside Maple Grove Developments and Preston City Council, the firm will construct the new Animate scheme within the city’s Harris Quarter. 

Up to 200 FTE construction jobs will be created. 

  • 8-screen cinema 
  • 16-lane bowling alley 
  • 5 new restaurants and bars 
  • A street food hub 
  • 164-space car park 

Improved walkways between Animate and the bus station will be done as part of a wider Harris Quarter Public Realm and Lighting Scheme.   


  • £3.4 million Towns Fund 
  • £3.25 million City Deal 
  • £800,000 from Lancashire County Council   

Social value 

Local apprenticeships, work placements, training and upskilling will be provided through Eric Wright Group’s corporate and social responsibility programme. 

Construction will take two years.  

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