Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC) is a non-for-profit organisation established by six local professionals in 2011 to help kick-start and drive the revival of Preston’s historic Winckley Square.
WSCIC’s founding members and elected directors include: David Gill, consultant, Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants; Simon Turner, managing director, Freshfield; Mick Goode, director, Croft Goode Architects; John Chesworth, managing partner, Harrison Drury; Richard McDowell, partner, Napthens; and Mark Clarkson, partner, Eckersley.
We passionately believe that Winckley Square and the surrounding district has the potential to be a rich and dynamic visual, cultural and intellectual outdoor experience for Prestonians and visitors alike. However, without action it is in danger of becoming a forgotten and dilapidated asset.
The founding members all have a personal and commercial connection to Winckley Square and collectively we have a number of specialist regeneration skills. These include property, law, architecture, finance and communication.
Our role is:
- To operate as an independent company but work in partnership with Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council to identify and implement realistic ideas while overcoming barriers to restoration.
- To promote investment, sustainable regeneration and culture within Winckley Square and the surrounding conservation district.
- To advise on funding streams and also act as an independent vehicle to attract funding, all of which will be invested into our vision.
- To represent all Winckley Square stakeholders (residents, commercial, leisure, retail, land owners, local authorities, historical and religious groups, visitors) enabling all voices to have their say in – and shape – the future of Winckley Square.
In addition to the founding members, the board of directors includes representatives from Preston City Council, BID and is seeking representation from Lancashire County Council, St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church, Preston Historical Society, and UCLan.
Our goals are:
- To help transform Winckley Square into an award-winning scenic landmark, one of the best public spaces in the North.
- To create a thriving Northern business, leisure, retail and cultural city quarter.
- To enhance the values and attractiveness of neighbouring properties as a prosperous place to work, live and enjoy.