Chief Executive “blown away” by plans for Arkwright House

23 Nov 2015
Posted by Croft Goode

Chief Executive “blown away” by plans for Arkwright House

In an interview about Croft Goode’s plans for Preston’s historic Arkwright House, Chief Executive of Age Concern Central Lancashire Linda Chivers admitted to being blown away by our ideas for the building.

The former home of Sir Richard Arkwright, who invented the cotton spinning machine in the mid-18th century, has been home to Age Concern offices since 1989, and Linda was thrilled with the new perspective that we offered on how to fulfil the potential of the building.

Arkwright House is set to undergo both an interior and exterior transformation after plans for the renovation were approved by Preston City Council in September.

Local news station That’s Lancashire were on-site at the start of the month to find out more about how our architectural vision for the Grade II* listed building would benefit the charity, gaining further insight from Croft Goode Architectural Assistant Richard Edge who has been involved with the project since the very start.

He explained how the plans for Arkwright House evolved from minor work to improve the conferencing facilities, to a whole new extension including lifts once such an opportunity became clear following an initial viewing.

Proposed Perspective
The changes will now see multiple entrances to rooms with originally just one access point and a modern, fit for purpose corridor layout. As Richard highlighted in his interview, this will all work together to allow the occupants to use the building in its entirety and to get the most use of the existing space.

You can read more about our plans for Arkwright House in our original blog.