New loft apartments unveiled in Guildhall Street

Posted on - 24th October, 2018 - 3:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment

The first of a complex of spacious loft apartments will be unveiled in Guildhall Street on Thursday October 25.


Etc Urban Developments is putting the finishing touches to the 883 sq ft two bedroom home in The Union Lofts in the heart of the city.

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The Preston and London developer is converting the once derelict late Victorian carriage works and yeast warehouse, originally called The Union Carriage Works, into new homes aimed at people who want to live in Preston city centre.

The plans retain as many of the original warehouse features as possible – designing them into each of the apartments with the help of surveyor and project manager Frank Whittle Partnership and Lancashire engineers Booth King.

The Union Carriage Works was built in 1897 as a carriage and autocar manufactory by Preston carriage builder James Walmsley & Co. It was converted into a yeast warehouse in the 1920s by the United Yeast Company.


Neil Thornton, director of Etc Urban Developments, said: “We are looking forward to showing people round the first apartment in The Union Lofts.

“These are the first genuine loft apartments in Preston and could not be better located to enjoy life in the North West’s best small city.

“There are only 18 homes in the warehouse and we are already getting a lot of interest from buyers. It’s about creating a design and style people want to buy, want to live in.

“This is Preston’s time and there are so many exciting new reasons to live here.”

Read more: Are all the new housing developments in Preston a good or a bad thing? 

The first apartment to be completed is one of just 18 lofts that go on sale this week with prices for studios starting at £105,000; one bedroom lofts from £142,500; two bedroom homes from £205,000 and a 1,023 sq ft three bedroom duplex loft at £250,000.

All but one of the homes are duplex apartments and nine have large west-facing terraces perfect for outdoor entertaining.

The Etc Urban team has more than 20 years’ experience in residential architecture and design having worked on successful regeneration projects in London, Manchester and Liverpool.

The Union Lofts, sitting in the heart of the Winckley Square Conservation Area, form a leading part of Preston’s City Living Strategy for the next decade, which wants to see similar, high quality residential schemes across the centre.

The whole project has been designed by Chase Architecture, whose head architect, Philip Thornton, was one of Sir Terence Conran’s chief designers for 15 years and is one of the UK’s leading urban residential architects.

Work on the 3, 2 and 1 bedroom apartments is being carried out by Manchester-headquartered Workspace Design & Build and is expected to be completed by January 2019.

All 18 new homes are for sale through national estate agent Cushman & Wakefield on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and are aimed at owner occupiers who want to enjoy Preston’s growing city living culture. Secure basement car parking is an added option.

Urban Etc’s new loft apartments in Guildhall Street

To register your interest in viewing the first apartment on Thursday October 25 please contact Cushman & Wakefield on 0161 235 8965 or

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