Etc Urban Developments completes £3.5m Preston warehouse apartments

Etc Urban Developments has completed the £3.5m transformation of a historic Preston site into commercial space and residential flats.

The Victorian building on Guildhall Street was once a carriage works and the developers have worked to preserve its original industrial features.

The Union Carriage Works sits within the Winckley Square Conservation Area and was built in 1897 by James Walmsley & Co. However, the building had lain derelict for decades.

Restoration was designed by Chase Architecture, and work on the 3, 2 and 1 bedroom apartments has been carried out by Workspace Design & Build.

The new homes, now known as The Union Lofts, are on sale through Preston estate agent Michael Bailey and sit above 4,000 sq ft of ground floor space suitable for fit out to Grade A office standards. The street level commercial space comes with planning consent for B1 office use and is also for sale through Preston’s Morgan Martin.

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.”

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