Phoenix Park Pioneer TEC p. MCK

A seven-acre lake would be used for water-skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Credit: via planning documents

GALLERY | Water sports vision hits Preston park

A dry ski slope is also hoped to make its mark on Phoenix Park, bordered by 13 lodges to house young adults in their transition back into the community from care.

Edward Sloan of charity Pioneer TEC has submitted the plans for the leisure attraction. The dry ski slope would be 12-metres high and 95-metres long with an operating ski lift, delivered with a mountain-biking track at the side.

To its left, a cable system and water-skiing dock would be delivered on a seven-acre lake. Proposals also suggest that the water could be used for windsurfing and kayaking.

The proposed lodges would surround the lake. Each home would provide up to three bedrooms for young people aged 11-18 in their transition from the care system. 

Architect MCK designed the plans for the scheme, which would also deliver 98 car parking spaces for residents and visitors.

De Pol Associates is the planning consulting for the leisure project and Kevin Bridges Associates is landscape architect. AZH Consultancy is advising on transport.

Proposals form phase two of the company’s five-phase masterplan for the 26-acre site, which envisions the creation of a climbing wall, high ropes course, wave pool, skate park, and a football pitch.

The Pioneer building, a four-storey residential and educational building, forms phase one and was completed in 2021.

More about the plans can be found by searching for application number 06/2023/0245 on Preston City Council’s planning portal. 

Click any image to launch galley. All images provided by MCK.

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This looks fantastic, I wish the design of the pioneer building was more adventurous, it looks very 1990s. This will be a huge positive for the area.

By Jon P

Preston can build nice things, why can’t Manchester?

By Dan

You mean like Therme or the Surf Park?

By @Dan

I guess Dan the difference is that Manchester builds Lots of things Including offices which by the way are needed. Hope that helps.

By Cal Smate

Manchester can’t build nice things because the developers and council have zero taste in architecture and design and don’t care what people Manchester think.

By Anonymous

Oh Dan, check out Peels plans for Trafford city including Therme Manchester , Modern Surf, and Trafford Waters, you like water you’ll love this! You’re welcome!

By Anonymous

Does this jeopardise the possibility (however remote) of any future link across the Ribble from the Penwortham Bypass to the Preston Western Distributor Road?

By Anonymous

See, lots happening in Preston. Developers take note.

By Katie

Hi Anonymous March 24, 2023 at 1:21 pm

This scheme is further inland to any planned Ribble crossing.


This is an article about Preston, keep the Manchester discussion to Manchester threads


No DH this is a comment about what is attractive design and what is not. This is, and so is the Peel one in Manchester. We should be grateful to have them both in the Northwest.


We know that thank you very much indeed ‘DH’.

Meanwhile, looking forward to Thermae in Trafford, Manchester opening.


Where is this park please? – (Google maps don’t know either).

By Mike (Tarry)

    Hi Mike – the park is going to be located by Preston Docks. The post code is PR2 2HW. The 13th image in the gallery gives you a better idea of its layout and the surrounding area. Hope this helps. – J

    By Julia Hatmaker

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