Two Preston hotel schemes, Signature Living’s proposal for the historic Post Office site and the Rigby Organisation’s Guild Centre conversion, have been approved by Preston City Council’s planning committee.
Liverpool-based hotel group Signature plans to convert the Post Office building into a 60-bedroom boutique hotel, having bought the Market Square building from the council earlier this year. The plans include an additional two storeys, plus a 170-cover restaurant, wedding and function space and a spa.
The Guild Centre, next to Preston Bus Station, is a 15-storey office building that will be converted into a 105-unit aparthotel in a £10m project. Designed by Frank Whittle Partnership on behalf of owner the Rigby Organisation, the project includes a 10,000 sq ft casino and a 5,000 sq ft spa and leisure area.
There will be a new entrance into the adjoining Guild Hall building, for which planning consent was granted in September for conversion into a leisure scheme including ten-pin bowling, crazy golf, karaoke booths and a sports bar. Together, the Guild Centre and Guild Hall will be rebranded as Villa Urban.