Menu

Preston’s Old Post Office poised to become a hotel

Posted on - 13th March, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council
The Old Post Office in use for Best of Britannia North Pic: Tony Worrall

The Old Post Office in use for Best of Britannia North Pic: Tony Worrall

The future of Preston’s former Post Office looks set to be as a hotel.

Advertisement

Currently in use as a temporary exhibition space for Best of Britannia North the grade-II listed building is understood to have been sold.

Preston City Council has been actively marketing the building and three developers are understood to have expressed an interest in the 49,000 square foot space.

A report by council leader Peter Rankin in late February said “there is strong interest from developers and end users.”

He goes on to say three bids are due, each of which ‘has a hotel and associated leisure operator on board.’

It is understood these three bids have been received and council officers are deciding which one to recommend for acceptance. The sale of the building would go some way to plugging a rapidly expanding financial black hole the city council has due to central government cutbacks.

Related: Former Post Office must be maintained if council wants a new use, says heritage expert

Best of Britannia North organisers hinted they may be looking for a new home if they return to the city in 2017.

Inside the Old Post Office for Best of Britannia North

Inside the Old Post Office for Best of Britannia North

Joe Pidgeon, event director, said: “Whether we can come back to this building we don’t know. There’s rumours and talks about it being sold. But we certainly want to come back to Preston.”

The building was bought by the city council in 2005 and they have struggled to find a use for it since.

It has held a number of temporary art exhibitions and been used as a walk-in clinic for Christmas revellers.

Ruth Connor, chief executive of Marketing Lancashire, said: “Well I think there’s been several conversations. It’s an asset and with the vision or investment, whether it becomes a boutique hotel or could be some funky offices. I think it’s about having that architectural flare within a listed building.There’s so much you can do with it.”

Previous plans to turn the building into a technical college, alongside a bid from the University of Central Lancashire, were scrapped when the Department of Education knocked back a request for funding.

What do you think the building should become? Let us know your views in the comments below

Share
Preston in pictures IMG_0478Fast AsleepWaiting...SunsetAVENHAM PARKRAILWAY BRIDGE, THE CONTINENTALTree-lined Miller Park in PrestonLeaves are falling in Preston View more Advertisement Subscribe to the newsletter

Sign up below to receive Blog Preston's weekly newsletter. It wings its way into inboxes every Sunday rounding up our best content from the last week and a look ahead to what's happening.

Advertisement News by location

Find news by location, select an area of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.

Advertisement Categories

Find news by category, select an category of your choice to be kept up to date with the latest goings on.