Chorley office-to-resi secures approval

After acquiring the building for £2m in 2017, developer Stable Vast has secured consent to convert Fairclough House on Church Street in Addlington from offices to 56 apartments.

The 3.1-acre site, which includes 36,500 sq ft of offices along with a 5,400 sq ft warehouse, was acquired for over £2m by the company in 2017 with intent to retain the existing tenant, financial consultant Fairpoint. However, these plans were amended after Fairpoint entered administration.

The office had been marketed through Colliers, OBI, and Eckersley Property since 2017, but there has been little interest, and it has since fallen victim to vandalism.

According to the proposals, the change of use has been brought forward as there is “little prospect of attracting a commercial tenant” and the developer wishes to explore alternative uses.

The proposals are for 16 one-bedroom apartments and 40 two-bedroom apartments along with 56 car parking spaces.

Prior approval was granted almost unanimously, with only one abstention.

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Worked here from September 2000 when my employer AMEC Construction moved from Jackson House in Sale and merged with our civil engineering division (AMEC Civil Engineering) who were already based in Fairclough House.

We were all here from September 2000 until march 2006 when we all shipped down to Birchwood Business Park.

To an extent the 2000 to 2006 years at Fairclough House were probably the last of the ‘old school’ years in construction…car park, canteen, staff events.

Met some very good people during my time there. Too many to mention.

A downside was AMEC took quite a few ex-John Mowlem people from 2004 onwards and it wasn’t for the better.

Shout out to some very good people from back then: Andy Nelson, Mark Ellicott, John Schofield, Phil Powell, Dean Hardwick, Dave Rice, Stu from Training, John Longden, Eddie Pugh, Greg Fletcher, Mitchell Wheatcroft (sadly no longer with us), Lynn on reception, Helen Sargison, Gill in HR, Ian Donaldson, Chris Bennion, David Lowe…so many more.

Good times.

By Vince M

It’s Adlington

By Charlotte

Vince, you’re not the losing player on Ken Bruce’s PopMaster

By Anonymous

Actually, it’s “Aglington”, or “Aggy” for short.

Too true, Vince – the halcyon days of UK construction! Some good names there – not forgetting Jeppo, Hit Man Hearns, The Prisoner, Shaky, Pauline the Tea Lady, etc.

Really good local business community, too: Bottom Spinners pub, The Butty Shop, etc.

Was there from 2001-2006 – fond memories of a bygone era!

By Keith L

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