Penthome eyes Preston office-to-resi conversion

Plans for the city’s latest apartment project have been submitted by developer Penthome, which aims to convert Ribchester House on Lancaster Road into 36 apartments. 

The six-storey office block, last marketed for sale for £1.8m in 2012, is home to law firm Forbes Solicitors and is located opposite Preston Combined Court Centre. 

A statement from Forbes said: “Although Forbes has occupied Ribchester House for more than 20 years, our continued presence there depends on the plans of the landlord who we understand may wish to change the use of the building to align with the retail and leisure development that is taking place around the building.

“Even if this is the case we fully intend to maintain a significant presence in the city centre for the foreseeable future.”

Under the plans, the building would be repurposed to contain 30 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom flats. 

The scheme has been designed by local architect Mellor Architects, and Wigan-based Steven Abbot Associates is the planner. 

Manchester-based Penthome is headed up by Robert Pinkus, whose property consultancy Robert Pinkus & Co has its offices in Preston’s Winkley Square. 

The scheme is the latest apartment project to be mooted for the city after Eastern Estates won approval for a sloping 21-storey block containing 80 apartments earlier this week. 

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