How student flats to be built on former Powell’s biscuit factory may look

Posted on - 5th January, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment, UCLan, University campus
An aerial view of how the new student flats will look

An aerial view of how the new student flats will look

Part of a former biscuit factory in Preston is due to be torn down and replaced with hundreds of student flats.


What was Powell’s in Sizer Street is to become a 218-bed set of apartments in two four-storey buildings.

Dubbed Innovation House the new student accommodation will be a short walk from the Preston campus.

The two new buildings will face into Moor Lane, Ashmoor Street and Sizer Street.

What used to be the Moor Lane Tavern is to be retained and has already been converted into student flats.

The Prince Arthur Hotel and Thomas Powell & Son Ltd., Moor Lane, Preston Pic: Preston Digital Archive

Developers Ladson Preston say the student flats are needed to meet the demand created by the University of Central Lancashire’s £200m masterplan for the Preston campus.

Preston City Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approval the planning application for Innovation House.

Read more: New student halls to be built in Garstang Road

Planning officers write: “The proposed development would lead to the redevelopment of a vacant and brownfield site in a highly sustainable location and would provide quality purpose-built student accommodation that would be well related to the University Campus.

“The scale and design of the development would be striking and imposing but has been sensitively designed to integrate into the urban street scene and would positively contribute to the character and appearance of the area.”

Another view of the Innovation House development

Another view of the Innovation House development

Councillors are due to discuss the plans at planning committee on Thursday 12 January from 1.30pm at the Town Hall.

What do you think of the plans for the former Powell’s site? Let us know your views in the comments below

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