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Progress continues as St Joseph’s Orphanage is redeveloped

Posted on - 10th November, 2018 - 8:14am | Author - | Posted in - History, Preston City Centre, Preston History
Pic: Simon Linford, Czero Developments

Progress continues to be made as a Victorian orphanage in the heart of the city is being redeveloped.

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The former hospital, St Joseph’s Orphanage, is derelict in the city centre and Czero Developments is the specialist historic building developer that is working to have a positive impact on the site.

It is hoped that the Grade-II listed building will be transformed into affordable city centre family housing.

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Currently, work is being done to clear out and stabilise parts of the derelict site so that designers can make progress and the team can move around inside the building.

The developers are due to have detailed discussions with planners soon.

Pic: Simon Linford, Czero Developments

Founder of Czero Developments, Simon Linford, said: “We have an outline scheme designed to a level sufficient to have our first detailed discussions which are starting with the planners next week.

“On site we are continuing to clear out and stabilise bits of the building so that the designers can be clearer on exactly how it all fits together and we can move around the building with less risk of falling through the floor.”

Simon was able to capture fantastic images of the site using his drone to look more closely at the roofs.

Pic: Simon Linford, Czero Developments

There are potential plans to hold tours at the former orphanage giving the chance for the public to see the site of historical significance.

However, these would only be able to go ahead when the building is safe and stable for people to enter.

No date has yet been announced for when this might be possible.

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