PBA was commissioned to develop the masterplan and Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the transformation of Prescot town centre into a thriving and attractive destination for residents and visitors.
We were appointed by Knowsley Council to deliver a masterplan that will help to shape the development and redevelopment of Prescot town centre over the next fifteen years.
Prescot is one of the oldest settlements in Merseyside and the town has a unique and rich heritage. The plan aims to build on this, while addressing the fact that the town sits within one of the country’s most deprived local authority areas and faces issues common to town centres across the country.
The masterplan highlights the opportunities for residential development that will enable more people to live at the heart of the town, improvements to transport connections, and options to create an environment where people will want to visit and spend time.
PBA developed the masterplan to improve the local economy by addressing the loss of retailers and lack of private sector investment. It also aims to meet the needs of the local community by including proposals for new leisure, retail and residential developments plus improvements to public realm and accessibility. This includes the Shakespeare North Theatre which has already secured government funding.
PBA was presented with the Award for Masterplanning at the Planning Awards 2017 for its work on the Prescot town centre masterplan, alongside Environmental Associates. The masterplan was described by judges as an ‘ambitious and significant project that encapsulates a strong sense of place.’