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Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, a Freeman of the city and England’s Ashes hero, has revealed he tried to turn the Old Post Office in Birley Street into a hotel.
Flintoff, who represented Lancashire and England at cricket, tweeted his query about the future of the building.
He said: “Had plans two years ago to turn the Post Office building to a four star hotel rejected. Would be operation now but it’s still empty Preston Council.”
He went on to say: “Just wondering what’s happening with it Preston Council.”
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The building, which is understood to have three bidders vying to transform it into a hotel, has been used for a number of temporary events in recent years.
Best of Britannia North has used the building, which is grade II listed, for its exhibition for the last two years.
Preston City Council confirmed it has received an expression of interest from the England cricketing hero turned TV presenter.
A spokeswoman said: “Multiple parties have expressed interest in the Old Post Office Building. As a result we have followed standard and open procurement process by appointing a third party agent to conduct a marketing exercise and invite formal applications. Applications are still being considered, but we are currently unable to comment on the applications themselves.
“While Mr Flintoff did express interest in the building, no formal application was received.”
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It is understood the city council is to announce who has won the bid to convert the building into a hotel in the coming weeks, with a smaller boutique chain due to be unveiled as the preferred bidder.
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