Winckley Sq Townscape Heritage Initiative
Over a £million of heritage regeneration project funding was secured from Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) by Preston City Council as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) to refurbish key buildings around Winckley Square and nearby streets.
Winckley Square is located just off Fishergate, the main thoroughfare through Preston City Centre. The privately planned Georgian residential development is centred around gardens, modelled on fashionable squares in London from that period. The quality and character can be seen in the three storey, red brick townhouses surrounding the gardens. Most properties are utilised as ground floor offices with upper floors providing additional office space or accommodation. There are also a number of higher end restaurants and wine bars on and around the area.
There are however significant levels of vacant floor space in the buildings surrounding Winckley Square and the neighbouring streets including a Grade II listed former Victorian orphanage.
The scheme reinstates original external features to period buildings and restores historic character, whilst designing internal space for latest 21st century commercial activity. The scheme also supports ways of adapting property for new use including business, commercial, retail, restaurants and bars.
The first building reinstatement relates to former stables dating back to around 1893. Located on Glovers Court, more recently it has been used as a Printworks but hasn't been occupied for many years.
The reinstatement scheme has seen as much of the original fabric retained including the slate roofing material with the introduction of some new matching slate. A hand painted fascia board and door glazing from the buildings print-works era was carefully removed and refitted internally as a reminder to new occupiers of the rich history. Brickwork was also repaired. Internally the office accommodation has been given a full fit out reflecting 21st century styling with steelwork, glass partitioning and skylights all of which offer a very bright, relaxed feel.
The property is back in full use, occupied by a multimedia company who moved from other accommodation locally.
Following on from refurbishment of Fishergate, Lancashire County Council, as highway authority along with Preston City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund pulled together funding, and appointed North Midland Construction Ltd to undertake a reinstatement of the street surface of Cannon Street. Full details on the project can be found on the Cannon Street page.
Watch this space for future building reinstatement schemes which are currently being developed under the banner of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.
About the HLF
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Map Address for Winckley Square
Preston, PR1 3HP