The Union Carriage Works
The completed Union Carriage Works in Preston city centre

£3.5m Preston loft project completes

Dan Whelan

Work to convert the former Union Carriage Works in Preston into what the developer has described as the city’s first loft scheme has completed.

Developer Etc Urban Developments’ £3.5m Guildhall Street project, which began in August 2018, comprises 18 spacious duplex apartments, created in an urban loft style, located 150m from Fishergate Shopping Centre.

Known as The Union Lofts, the duplexes sit above 4,000 sq ft of ground floor office space and comprise 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom homes.

Nine of the apartments, which each measure 1,025 sq ft, come with west-facing roof terraces overlooking Winckley Square. Owners and residents will also have access to an underground car park.

The project is part of Preston’s City Living Strategy, which aims to improve the residential offer in Preston city centre by delivering new residential schemes across the city over the next decade.  The development has been supported by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s £20m Growing Places Investment Fund.

Neil Thornton, director of Etc Urban Developments, said: “The Union Lofts are complete and the wait is over.  All 18 loft apartments are unique and we are extremely happy with the quality and style.

“It’s taken a lot of vision and belief to have converted a forgotten 123-year old warehouse, that had been left abandoned for decades, into a stylish residential scheme that is now a flagship development for Preston.

“The commercial space, too, will bring life and vitality at street level and the mixed-use scheme can act as a catalyst for further regeneration and residential projects helping to drive economic growth and create jobs in and around Preston’s city centre.”

The architect for the project is Chase Architecture and the contractor is Manchester-headquartered Workspace Design & Build.

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We were promised bars and restaurants in the commercial space I told them before they were built this needed to be done and was assured they had been filled!?

By Mark Holt

Mark Holt – I understand the planning use proposal has now been changed from bar/leisure use to office.
There’s a growing demand for modern office space in Preston – there hasn’t been any Grade A space built for a very long time.
Also, the former Palm Court and Fives on the same street are currently empty. Friargate and Winckley Square are seeing increases in leisure openings. It would be great though if the former Fives (a Queen Anne Revival style building) can be re-used.

By SW