Blog by Lucinda Holt
One third sold
One third sold as loft apartments prove a hit with Preston homebuyers
One third of The Union Lofts apartment scheme has sold just two months since sales began. A mixture of mezzanine duplexes, one and two bedroom loft apartments have been snapped up in the Guildhall Street project in Preston city centre.
The transformation of an historic late Victorian carriageworks by Etc Urban Developments into the city’s first genuine loft homes is complete and homebuyers have been snapping up the spacious properties as they come onto the market.
Michael Bailey, the agent selling all 18 new homes, says: “The interest has been exceptional since we launched in January and the feedback from people who’ve viewed has been extremely positive. There is nothing else like it out there and buyers are surprised to find an apartment scheme built to this standard of design and quality in Preston city centre, especially for the price. We’ve sold six to date and we have multiple viewings lined up over the next week or two. There is still a decent choice of apartment styles and sizes available, with the average size being 667 sq ft. The largest three bedroom apartment is 1,023 sq ft over two floors with a generous sized west-facing terrace. We also have eight car parking spaces remaining in the secure basement car park including two with electric hook-ups.”
Etc Urban has successfully redesigned the former carriage and autocar manufactory to retain original industrial features in 18 spacious duplex apartments created in an urban loft style. The developer uncovered the history of the building, built in 1897 by Preston carriage maker James Walmsley & Co and named The Union Carriage Works, and the original name has now been restored to the warehouse-style building.
The Union Carriage Works sits in the heart of the Winckley Square Conservation Area and is one of the first historic buildings in the city centre to be reinvented for the 21st century. The whole project has been designed by Chase Architecture, whose head architect, Philip Thornton, was one of Sir Terence Conran’s chief designers for 15 years and is one of the UK’s leading urban residential architects.
A show apartment is open to view unveiling the design and style of the apartments and the full use of original features. Etc Urban Developments is a property company specialising in original, high-quality city living projects and its ambitious city centre apartment plan has been supported by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s £20 million Growing Places Investment Fund.
The team behind Etc Urban, which is based in Preston and London, has wide experience delivering innovative, high-quality city centre residential projects across the UK.
To register your interest in buying a new home please contact Michael Bailey on 07828 630 194 or email email@example.com
For more information about Etc Urban Developments and the Guildhall Street project please visit: www.etcurban.co.uk