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Prominent site in Preston receives Lottery funding for office refurb

Posted by Marianne
April 25, 2013 in Community

A historic site in Preston is to receive £1m of funding to help regenerate the area, in a scheme that will see many of the buildings undergo a new  office fit out  office fit out.

Over £40,000 has already been released for the project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will be used to repair and refurbish a number of buildings in Winckley Square, a site which has been called one of the “finest Georgian squares” in England by the head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, Sara Hilton.

Hilton continued, saying:

“We’re delighted to have awarded initial support under our Townscape Heritage Initiative programme enabling the project to progress to the next stage of development.”

Throughout the whole project, it is hoped that key buildings will be repaired, with many being completely refurbished with new office floors. It will also see the historic streets being enhanced and oversee the recommissioning of vacant buildings into the public domain.

A notable building in the pipeline of works is College House, which it is hoped will lead the recommercialisation of the area.

Thanking the Heritage Lottery Fund, the funding boost was welcomed by the Preston City Council, with leader Peter Rankin saying:

“This is fantastic news. Bringing existing buildings back into use will restore the historical feature of the square but also create new business opportunities.”

The list of buildings that will benefit from the funding has not yet been drawn up, with council planning officers and business partners meeting in the near future.

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