Kingswood Homes to build office next to Leeds-Liverpool canal
The housebuilder has been given the green light by Chorley Council to begin work on its new office and virtual reality suite.
Developed and designed in-house by Kingswood Homes with planning consultant Eden Planning & Development, the 12,000 sq ft office building will be situated off Bolton Road in the hamlet of Riley Green.
The expanded offices are being built to accommodate the more than 60% increase in headcount to 50 since 2019.
The office will feature a communal meeting area, private staff pods and on-site parking. Spaces for users of the adjoining marina will be included. There will also be a virtual reality suite where customers can see their home in 3D.
These offices will replace the Grill and Grain pub that burned down in 2017, including its accommodation blocks. These will be transformed into commercial units to serve the community.
The finished development will be on a two-acre site with views of the canal and resemble a traditional ‘boatshed’ look with simple design and black timber finish.
Managing director Paul Jones said: “When we started looking for a new home to accommodate the growing team, we ruled out taking out a lease on a characterless business park and instead decided we wanted something that would fit the culture and ethos of the company. [This location] presented the perfect opportunity to create a bespoke building. Much more than simply somewhere we can base our staff, [this] is within easy reach of our core areas of operation.”
Landscaping will be done in consultation with arboriculture consultant PDP Associates and ecological consultant Envirotech. Tetra Tech completed a transport report.
Work is expected to begin in early 2023, with the company due to move in from Little Hoole by 2024.