Moor House Portergate p.planning docs

The building would become one of the tallest in Preston. Credit: via planning documents

Portergate proposes Preston apartment scheme 

Located on a prominent site on the corner of Moor Lane and Walker Street, the 19-storey development would provide 120 apartments. 

Portergate Properties, which also delivered the £18m Friargate Court student scheme in Preston, has lodged proposals for the scheme with the city council. 

Known as Moor House and designed by Buttress Architects, the building would be located opposite UCLan’s newly constructed student centre in the city’s Adelphi Quarter. 

The development would provide 104 two-bedroom apartments and 16 with one bedroom. 

The homes would be available for private rent and would be aimed at “people wanting to live and work within the city centre”, according to a planning statement by Martin Planning. 

The site on which the scheme would be constructed is less than a third of an acre and previously housed a gas training centre that was demolished in 2017. 

To learn more about the scheme, search for reference number 06/2023/0091 on Preston City Council’s planning portal. 

If the development goes ahead, Moor House would be one of the tallest residential buildings in the city. 

Last year, proposals for a 30-storey tower off Patten Street lodged by Providence Gate were withdrawn after the city council had recommended the project be refused. 

That same site is the subject of approved plans for a 21-storey tower designed by David Cox Architects. 

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More investment in Preston, the profile of the place is changing so quickly and for the better.

By Anonymous

Lovely! This would be a great addition to the city and hopefully a sign of things to come for the Preston skyline!

By Anonymous

Love the design, much better than the glass cladded rectangular boxes that are going up another cities. It’s also good to see residential accommodation in this area which is not just student accommodation, don’t get me wrong I am very pro-Uclan, but I think its good to have a bit of a mixture.

By Aaron

This looks very impressive with those sinuous curves – glad Buttress has understood the profile of this plot and devised a project that slots in perfectly.


Preston seems to be getting its act together, and nice to see it appearing regularly on this forum.

By Elephant

Looks a lovely design and about time too. Preston is the city to be.

By Sabbir

This style will not age well! But great that loads of development is happening in preston!


Just need to reopen the Lamb and Packet pub across the road now!

By Anonymous

Love the shape, great design.
Preston hopefully learning from the ugly boxes of Manchester.
Great to see Preston aiming high – loads of land and places for investment.

By Katie

Quite a nice design for a tower and great to see Preston moving forward with its city plans.

By Sceptic

First Heaton Group, then Caro and now Portergate. There are others, too. Point being, Preston has the wind in its sails. Liverpool city council, take note.

By Sceptical

Preston is defiantly on the up its the polar opposite of Bolton. Lots of investment and will certainly become a hotspot for development over the next few years

By Jon P

Preston on the up. More towers and more investment here now than in Liverpool! Great stuff!

By Anonymous

Preston needs to be on HS2, this government talks about Levelling Up and nothing would boost the city`s profile and economy more than to be on the high-speed line, let`s face it it`s ony 20 miles or so from Wigan.

By Anonymous

Second city of the North west!

By Sue

can’t tell if they are windows or balconies

By Balcony warrior

No idea how this is viable given rising construction costs and Preston values but good luck

By Real Deal

I’ve looked at the submitted plans. Just to be clear, there’s a small turning circle at a rear building entrance, there’s no loading/unloading bays in the design. None. If anyone stops for any length of time it will block the turning circle. 120 apartments with space for upto 444 persons. You’d get quite a lot of deliveries.

Some of the apartments are big enough for a family, of which you’d expect some will own and use a car – different from students who’s car ownership is typically very low. There’s no parking spaces in the design, so you’d expect extra parking load in the vicinity.

While agree the general trend should be towards not owning a car, and just rent one for the few times you need to, it won’t happen that quickly, you’d expect dozens of extra parking requirements once building occupied.

By Anonymous

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