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Former Preston city centre mill could become coffee shop and flats

Posted on - 9th December, 2016 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, History, Housing, News, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre, Redevelopment
The abandoned building in Lord Street Pic: Google

The abandoned building in Lord Street Pic: Google

A run down former mill and warehouse in the shadow of Preston Guild Hall and Bus Station is to be rejuvenated.

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Plans have been lodged for 21-23 Lord Street which stands next to the Tithebarn pub.

A coffee shop would be housed in the ground floor with 11 upmarket apartments spread over the remaining four floors.

ZV Design have tabled the proposals on behalf of NM Energy group who have bought the building.

The building, despite its run down state, is a grade-II listed mill, and retains many original features.

Lord Street demolitions in 1983 Pic: Derek Stevens/Preston Digital Archive

Lord Street demolitions in 1983 Pic: Derek Stevens/Preston Digital Archive

The plans outline how they want to ‘regenerate a grade-II¬†listed building, safeguard a historical asset from further deterioration and create a high quality mixed use development that respects the character, integrity and historic significance of the existing building.’

Read more: Tithebarn pub closes its doors as Simon Rigby expresses an interest

Many Prestonians may remember the building in the 1960s being a Swedish furniture store selling G-Plan designer goods.

Furniture store in 1968 Pic: Beth Hayes/Preston Digital Archive

Furniture store in 1968 Pic: Beth Hayes/Preston Digital Archive

Before this it originally started as a cotton mill before becoming a warehouse holding tea and other goods.

In the 1980s it was converted into flats but then left to detoriate.

Full plans for the building can be seen on the Preston City Council website and comments can be left there.

What do you think of the proposals? Any memories of the building? Let us know in the comments below

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