Wright choice for Preston Listed Building

15 Sep 2015
Posted by Croft Goode

Wright choice for Preston Listed Building

It’s been a long time in the waiting, but Croft Goode’s plans to restore the historical former home of inventor Sir Richard Arkwright in Preston city centre have been approved by Preston City Council.

A complete modernisation of the Grade II* listed Arkwright House will coincide with full restoration of the building, which will include a three-storey extension and improvements to the electrics, lighting and accessibility with ramps where possible.

Existing and Proposed Perspectives

Designs for the £1.2m redevelopment also highlight a much improved configuration to the interior layout of the old Georgian town house, so current occupiers Age Concern Central Lancashire receive not just modern office space, but specially designed larger offices to get the best use from the available space as possible.

Our lead designer on the project, Richard Edge, elaborated on the designs and spoke positively about the building’s future function. He said: “The proposals seek to demolish an unsuitable 1978 extension attached to the rear of Arkwright House and replace it with a new extension that will house a stairway and a lift to all floors.”

Proposed Section

He added: “There will also be new toilets, kitchenettes and informal meeting spaces to allow the rest of the building to function at a higher level.

Some internal remodelling is proposed in the older part of the building to complete a scheme that will bring Age Concern Central Lancashire into the 21st century and enable the people that the charity works with to enjoy full access to the building.”

Work on the old Georgian town house is expected to start next year.

Arkwright House was originally built in 1728 and has been a Grade II* listed building since 1950. It is now firmly embedded in the region’s history as the place where Sir Richard Arkwright invented his cotton spinning machine in the mid-18th century.