Tallest residential building will be ‘game-changer’

Revised plans for Preston’s tallest residential building are set to be considered by the city council’s planning committee tomorrow.

The £26m Lofthaus development would be 21 storeys high and Preston’s second tallest structure after St Walburge’s church.

Preston-based property developer Shoyab Musa is behind the plans for the 299-apartment high-rise tower on Great Shaw Street.

It has been designed by local architecture practice David Cox Architects. Preston-based planning consultancy PWA Planning has also advised on the development.

Shoyab Musa said: “This development is aimed at professionals, students and modern renters who prefer to live in a fully-managed building and want a hassle-free renting experience.

“It’s the kind of development that’s been around in the Far East and the big cosmopolitan cities for years and has now taken off in the UK due to the way millennials are choosing to live. It’s about living with like-minded people and being part of a community.

It’s the kind of development that’s been around in the Far East and the big cosmopolitan cities for years.

“It’s a very modern, high-end product. There’s going to be features like a 24-hour concierge, cinema room, a roof garden, and a ‘mega-kitchen’ where residents can socialise and cook together.”

Other facilities would include a gym, study zones, communal lounges, laundry rooms, bike store and superfast broadband.

Daniel Hughes, associate at PWA Planning, said: “This proposed development coincides with the wider regeneration of the city’s university quarter with UCLan’s £200m masterplan now taking shape and revitalising this part of the city.

“It’s a purpose-built, flexible building that’s tailored to the way younger people now live their lives, so it has the potential to be a game-changer for Preston.

“Not only that, it will provide a new statement building for Preston, complementing and enhancing the city’s tall building cluster.”

David Cox, founder of David Cox Architects, said: “Our brief was to produce a residential development to address an emerging need for co-living in Preston.

“The idea is to provide space which is flexible enough to respond to changing and developing needs suggested by the people who use the building. It will create a new feature on the skyline of Preston and we have taken great care with the design to ensure the profile of the city is enhanced.”

The proposals were originally submitted in January 2018 and have been revised following detailed consultations with the city council, including two design review panels.

Shoyab Musa is also the co-founder and managing director of Preston-based estate agency and property management company, Kingswood Sales and Lettings.