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Part of former energy firm HQ in Broughton to become cafe bar

Posted on - 21st May, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Food & Drink, News, Redevelopment, Restaurants
This was due to be the headquarters of the Preston-based energy firm
This was due to be the headquarters of the Preston-based energy firm

Half of what was supposed to be the flagship office for a UK-wide energy firm which went bust could become a new cafe bar.

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GB Energy Supply stopped trading in late November last year and halted construction of its headquarters at the Broughton crossroads.

Now it’s director Luke Watson has applied to convert the downstairs into a cafe bar – citing significant interest from someone to convert the ground of the building.

Mr Watson, who has renamed the company as Green Deal Energy Hub Limited, has also applied for an alcohol and entertainments licence for the site.

Plans lodged with Preston City Council outline how what were due to be three offices on the ground floor would be knocked through to create the cafe bar.

This would open be able to operate from 7am to 11pm each day and would create five full-time jobs.

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GB Energy Supply went out of business last year, leaving Ofgem to step in and transfer its 160,000 customers to Co-operative energy who picked up the tariffs.

A side view of the Broughton crossroads offices which could potentially become a bar
A side view of the Broughton crossroads offices which could potentially become a bar

Companies House shows in January 2017 the company changed its name but retained its Garstang Road address on the Broughton crossroads.

Green Deal Energy Hub Ltd is shown as having one director, Luke Wilson.

Mr Wilson blamed swift and significant increases in energy prices for the demise of GB Energy Supply.

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