Blog by Lucinda Holt
An 'Open House' evening is taking place at The Union Lofts on Thursday February 6
An 'Open House' evening is taking place at The Union Lofts on Thursday February 6 to show off the architecture and design of the completed loft apartment project in Preston. Hosted by estate agent Michael Bailey, the Twilight viewing is open to all who take an interest in City Living in Preston and want to see how imaginative design has transformed a once derelict building in Guildhall Street, behind Winckley Square off Fishergate.
The 18 spacious loft apartments, by Etc Urban Developments, have been designed by Philip Thornton of Chase Architecture using his long experience as one of Sir Terence Conran's chief architects, as well as working with the likes of Peter Eisenman, Will Alsop and David Marks and Julia Barfield.
As much of the fabric of the 1890s warehouse-style building has been retained and incorporated into the designs as possible giving each apartment a chic industrial look. There is nothing else like it in Preston and interest in the apartments, since launch last month, has been tremendous.
Michael Bailey says: "There are buyers out there who are looking for exactly this kind of industrial chic loft apartment that has been designed with the buyer or resident in mind. They expect to see something like The Union Lofts in Manchester or London but are surprised it is possible in an emerging residential market like Preston. We have mezzanine duplexes, one, two and three bedroom apartments as large as 1,200 sq ft - we are selling space as much as much as the unique architecture and cool design. Every one of the 18 apartments is different which makes viewing essential. With such a lot of interest, it would be great if people would RSVP if they wish to visit on Thursday."
The Twilight Opening is from 3pm - 8pm on Thursday February 6 and Michael can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07828 630 194.
The Union Lofts form the residential part of The Union Carriageworks, a mixed use scheme conceived by Etc Urban Developments that has transformed the Victorian carriage and auto-car manufactory. The ground floor is ready for fitting out as Grade A office space, much needed in Preston city centre. The project has been supported by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s £20 million Growing Places investment fund. Building a City Living culture is seen as a vital part of Preston city centre's future and Etc Urban has led the way in showing what is achievable, despite the challenge of delivering inspirational, beautifully-designed buildings in a low value market.
The presence of major employers such as BAE Systems, the University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust means there is a market for modern, aspirational city centre homes aimed at professionals and key workers.