Next step in flats plan for former Victorian warehouse in Preston

Posted on - 22nd February, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
An artist impression for how the warehouse may look once converted
An artist impression for how the warehouse may look once converted

Final stage in plans for bringing a former Victorian warehouse back into use in Preston city centre have been submitted.


Developer Etc Urban wants to convert the old yeast factory – which used to be a carpet shop – in Guildhall Street.

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Original plans in November 2016 were approved by the city council but developer Neil Thornton wants to make some minor amendments.

Work on the scheme, which will include 18 three, two and one-bedroom flats, is due to begin later this month.

Read more: New flats plan near Winckley Square goes back to the drawing board


Mr Thornton said: “It takes time to get a beautifully designed scheme like this exactly right and we are very happy with the finished plans.

“Each apartment is as big and spacious as we can possibly make them with true loft-style ceilings and expansive living rooms.

“Space is the ultimate luxury for city dwellers and we are proud to be delivering that to our buyers.”

The former warehouse in Guildhall Street
The former warehouse in Guildhall Street

The building dates back to the 1890s and is just off Fishergate and Winckley Square.

Mr Thornton said: “We are retaining original features wherever we can throughout the building, both inside apartments and in the communal spaces.”

“This is a warehouse conversion that will enhance the conservation area and bring back into life a redundant building that had been neglected for too long.”

Read more: How Glover’s Court could be transformed into flats and restaurants

The ground floor has been reserved for a new stylish cafe bar and restaurant.

“Further details on the exact usage will be revealed at a later date, as these proposals are still being worked on, but will be a sympathetic to the new apartments above and will be a positive enhancement to the city living experience of Guildhall Street residents,” said Mr Thornton.

“To achieve a successful residential and commercial scheme of this quality requires a lot of thought, a brilliant design team and sympathetic backing from all parties involved.

“We are fortunate to have this level of expertise and experience to enable us to deliver a real addition to Preston’s emerging city living culture.”

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