This project included the conversion, refurbishment and extension to a Grade II Listed office building within the Fishergate Hill Conservation Area of Preston, to create 31 new apartments comprising a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom penthouse accommodation.
Key to the success of the project was our commitment to retaining the main facade of the Grade II Listed building. The building, designed in a Neoclassical style, included for side and rear extensions dated approximately to the mid-1930s, when the original manor house was converted to an office building. A very large extension was built at the rear to cover the entire rear garden of the original residence, and two single-storey garage structures were also subsequently added to the property around the mid-1960s.
The proposal recognised the unique potential of the building. We changed the external form of the building via the demolition of late additions to the former Post Office Sorting Office building and also the retention of the main façade and features of the Grade II Listed building, In addition, the existing single storey double garage was demolished and replaced with a new two storey side extension. The approval also included the removal of existing dormer windows to the front and rear of the building which were redesigned to provide an improved, contemporary appearance, which more clearly distinguish them as additions to the original building.