A unique Preston sign has been designed, fabricated and is ready to be unveiled this Wednesday 30 March on the Flag Market.

The iconic sign is made of steel, coated blue, with rope weaved through it to symbolise the rich history of the cotton and textile industry in Preston.

The sign will be located on the Flag Market for one month, it will then travel to multiple locations around the city before it is moved to its final destination which will be decided in the coming months.

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Javed Iqbal, said:

“The Preston sign looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it in front of the Harris on the Flag Market. Unique creations like this, encourage even more visitors to the city centre, to explore all the amazing things Preston has to offer.

The successful partnership between Preston City Council, David Cox Architects and Steeleson Fabrications has brought this distinctive idea to life and is a piece of art Preston will be proud of for many years to come.”

Helen Knott, Architect from David Cox Architects said:

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Preston City Council and Steeleson Fabrications on this highly unique project. The design concept has been influenced by Preston’s textile heritage and the large threads represent the cotton weaving process.

“Procuring a piece of public art for everyone to enjoy signals a growing confidence in our city and delivery has been a real team effort on a tight programme. We very much hope it becomes a fun photo opportunity for locals and visitors alike.”

Commissioned as part of the city’s Welcome Back Fund action plan, the Preston sign has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Further Information
• The Preston Sign has been funded by the Welcome Back Fund, through ERDF and HM Government.
• Local architect firm, David Cox Architects was appointed through a procurement process.
• Lancashire firm, Steeleson Fabrications crafted the sign at their workshop in Kirkham and will deliver it to the Flag Market.
• The sign will start being installed from Tuesday 29 March
• The specific final destination of the sign is yet to be chosen and the relevant planning permission will be applied for if necessary.
• The Council has been allocated up to £215,626 for the Reopening High Streets Safely and Welcome Back projects, funded from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 – 2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF.Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

Back to top