Going,going ... most definitely gone.
Demolition work has been completed on a prime city site which is set to become home to a new Porsche dealership.
The removal of buildings on the site near Oyston Mill is the latest change to one of Preston’s key gateways.
The land at the junction of Watery Lane and West Strand Road is undergoing a multi-million pound transformation to create a new Porsche centre.
Lancashire-based Bowker Motor Group received planning permission in January to build the new 43,000 square feet centre, the 40th Porsche Centre in the UK. Three existing buildings, including a former sawmill, had to be demolished to make space for the new build.
Paul Bowker, chief executive of the Bowker Motor Group, said: “The demolition has been a complete success. And we’d like to thank the team at Pete Marquis for their hard work and dedication in the smooth running of the project.”
He added: “We’re now pressing on with the rest of the development. Certainly, this time next year we expect the transformation of the site will be complete. We are looking forward to announcing the appointment of a local construction company in the very near future. And we’ll be able to give a definitive picture of timescales after that.”
The designs for the new Porsche centre, which will feature a 35 car showroom and a 13 bay workshop, were prepared by architects Cassidy and Ashton. It is hoped more than 30 new jobs will be created.