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Winckley Square Townscape Heritage Initiative

Glovers Court Printers Signage, Preston

Winckley Square Townscape Heritage Initiative secured over £1m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to refurbish key buildings in the area...

As part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), Preston City Council secured over £1m heritage regeneration project funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to refurbish key buildings around Winckley Square and nearby streets.

The vision is to reinstate original external features to period buildings and restore the historic character of the area, while designing internal space suitable for 21st century commercial activity.

The initiative also aims to support ways of adapting property for new purpose including business, commercial, retail, restaurants and bars.

About Winckley Square

Winckley Square is located just off Fishergate, the main thoroughfare through Preston City Centre. The privately planned Georgian residential development is centred around gardens, modelled on fashionable squares in London from that period. The quality and character can be seen in the three storey, red brick townhouses surrounding the gardens. Most properties are utilised as ground floor offices with upper floors providing additional office space or accommodation. There are also a number of higher end restaurants and wine bars on and around the area.

There are however significant levels of vacant floor space in the buildings surrounding Winckley Square and the neighbouring streets including a Grade II listed former Victorian orphanage.

Reinstatement and refurbishment schemes

46 Glovers Court

The first building reinstatement relates to former stables dating back to around 1893. Located on Glovers Court, more recently it has been used as a Printworks but hasn't been occupied for many years.

The reinstatement scheme has seen as much of the original fabric retained including the slate roofing material with the introduction of some new matching slate. A hand painted fascia board and door glazing from the buildings print-works era was carefully removed and refitted internally as a reminder to new occupiers of the rich history. Brickwork was also repaired. Internally the office accommodation has been given a full fit out reflecting 21st century styling with steelwork, glass partitioning and skylights all of which offer a very bright, relaxed feel.

The property is back in full use, occupied by a multimedia company who moved from other accommodation locally.

For more details visit Winckley Square Gardens - Lambert Court (formerly 46 Glovers Court).

Cannon Street

Following on from refurbishment of Fishergate, Lancashire County Council, as highway authority along with Preston City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund pulled together funding, and appointed North Midland Construction Ltd to undertake a reinstatement of the street surface of Cannon Street.

1-2 Cross Street

The original building at 1-2 Cross Street was built sometime between 1824 and 1844. By the 1930s the property appeared to be converted from domestic to commercial premises with a succession of uses such as confectioners, a restaurant, an accountancy practice and then from the early 1980s operating a solicitor’s office.

1-2 Cross is currently still under restoration with most of the exterior now sealed, secured and restored. The focus is now on its interior refurbishment. Anderton Gables, owners of the building, have devised a scheme to reinstate the building and preserve its original interior features wherever possible but also introduce modern fittings. The desired affect is to make it an attractive building and fit for purpose in a demanding 21st century working environment.

For more details visit Winckley Square Preston - 1-2 Cross Street.

About the HLF

Thanks to National Lottery players, the HLF invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet, historic parks and buildings we love, to precious memories and rare wildlife.

Map address for Winckley Square

Winckley Square, Preston, PR1 3HP.