We were tasked with the repurposing of two former office buildings within Preston city centre.
With this project we had an opportunity to create a significant landmark development at this very prominent location within the city centre, and early consideration was to add horizontal and vertical extensions to increase the overall net lettable floor area, and create a new, sustainable, residential-led mixed use development.
With sustainability at its heart, our concept for the conversion, refurbishment and extension of both buildings considers the functional requirements of the residential-led mixed use development, the orientation and site-specific characteristics of the application site.
Our ambition was to ensure that the proposed connection of the buildings at ground floor successfully linked the changes of urban character, grain and scale with the surrounding buildings and improved upon the existing street scene. Place-making was prioritised within our approach. Acutely aware of the context, our proposal to extend the building and change the material palette, colour and detailing of the external appearance cements its status as a landmark development.
The existing cladding of the building was replaced with black metallic aluminium rainscreen cladding in varying depths and panel size to create depth, shadow and interest, alongside floor-to-ceiling glazing to ensure a new, visually striking appearance. Centrally located to each building, the introduction of gold coloured aluminium spandrel panels within the curtain wall system adds further graphic interest. The use of a single colour within the curtain wall system for both buildings helps to create a unified visual identity for this new residential development within the city.