Midas plots overhaul of its Preston HQ 

Plans to demolish the majority of the 32,500 sq ft site and build 38 units for start-ups have been lodged with the city council. 

Midas Land’s 3.7-acre Barton Hall headquarters is located off Garstang Road. The company relocated there from Preston city centre in 2020, according to Companies House. 

Barton Hall has previously been occupied by the Royal Air Force and as an animal health centre operated by DEFRA. 

Under plans drawn up by Cassidy + Ashton and Barclay + Phillips Architects, 28,500 sq ft of modern employment space would be created following the demolition of existing buildings. 

The plans for the site feature the retention of one of the existing office buildings. This would be converted into a 7,500 sq ft communal space for Barton Hall occupiers. 

Midas is also working up separate plans for a new head 6,700 sq ft office on the site. 

In total, the redeveloped Barton Hall would deliver 35,300 sq ft of workspace. 

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I hope the Nissen huts are kept as historically important reminders of the defence of Britain? They have existed there since Number 9 Group Headquarters, RAF Fighter Command protected the area as defined in the books: Eyes of Night and others. Set up in late 1940, Number 9 took over the defence of the area from 12 Group just after the Battle of Britain but during the Blitz, from late 1940 to 1941. Later used by MoD secretly for years also. Paul Davies. Historian.

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