Construction project for a temporary car park on the site of the former Odéon cinema

Former Odeon Cinema with Hopwoods next door Photo: David Calpin

Plans have been submitted to build a temporary car park on the site of the former Odeon cinema and Evoque nightclub in Preston city centre.


The proposal follows a request to demolish the remains of the fire-damaged building, including the Art Deco facade, at 150-154 Church Street.

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If approved for demolition, the next phase would be to level the site to match the surrounding roads, Church Street, Main Sprit Weind and Old Cock Yard.

Image showing the location plan of the parking lot of the former Odéon Pic: PWA Planning
Image showing planned parking area Pic: PWA planning

The Rigby Group’s application states that the 3,451m², 134-space car park would be accessible from Main Sprit Weind.

The facility would be in place for three years, during which time plans would be made for the future long-term use of the site.

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According to the planning statement: “The proposed future use of the site remains to be determined and the decision will be made during the period of temporary authorization.

“Therefore, in the meantime, the site can easily be occupied as a car park, with minimal impacts and serve the center of Preston with additional parking space supporting the city center economy.”

Former Odeon Cinema in Church Street Pic: David Calpin
Plans would see a temporary car park built on the fire-ravaged site Pic: David Calpin

He continues: “Although the site is in a very sustainable location with good access to the train and bus station, a significant number of people still drive to the city center. As such, it is necessary to ensure that there is a sufficient level of parking available to support the level of visitors to Preston city centre.

“There are several car parks located close to the site, but the application site is located on the High Street and would therefore serve the traveling public well to use the High Street and its facilities.”

The planning application (06/2022/0794) can be consulted on the Preston City Council website.

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Amanda J. Marsh