The modernised apartment blocks will be split into two 16-storey residential apartment buildings consisting of private garden and communal areas and retail units on the ground floor.
A street in Preston could be used to house a major development of almost 500 flats close to the city centre.
Grimshaw Street is located off one of the main roads in the city centre – Church Street. Most footfall and traffic in the area comes from the local college, a handful of businesses and access to local car parks for city centre shoppers and workers.
The quiet street formerly housed a substantial mill known as Dryden’s Foundry with earlier mentions of the plot dating back to 1880. Developers from Stoneygate Living LTD have set their sites on the former foundry turned car park for a huge 469 apartment development.
In the late 1840s, the Stoneygate area of Preston saw great expansion and development with large warehouses and smaller units which belonged to Dryden’s Foundry. For the next century, Dyden’s Foundry remained a substantial plot, extending further in the early 1900’s.
During the 1950’s, Dryden’s foundry was still in operation with various extensions and demolitions taking place over and around the site. The following decade saw mass demolition take place in and around the site with the removal of the terrace housing facing Manchester Road.
This continued on for years, shaping the site to a more familiar site as seen on Grimshaw Street today. Currently, the site is used as an open-air car park with parts of it formerly occupied by a range of warehouse buildings for a plumbing company, indoor car boot and pet supplies retailer.
Proposals have now been submitted to Preston City Council for a major development of 469 apartments and maisonettes- 129 of these will be aimed at the over 55’s market. The modernised apartment blocks will be split into two 16-storey residential apartment buildings consisting of private garden and communal areas and retail units on the ground floor.
Applicants outline that the vision for the Stoneygate Opportunity Area is to “define a purpose to a currently uninspiring part of the city centre, to act as a transitional zone between residential uses to the south and the city centre core to the north”.
Initial plans for the development outlined 19 storey buildings to house 484 units however in a meeting with the council it was decided that this would result in over development of the area. Instead, the 16 storey proposals were deemed to be in keeping with the site.
The existing buildings on site have been demolished under a separate prior approval application to make way for the development comprising two blocks, ranging from 3 storeys up to a maximum of 16 no. storeys in height. Plans for each apartment include modern designed room and balconies for selected flats.
Ground floor residential units would have their own private outdoor amenity space facing onto the link route or out onto Grimshaw Street. The residential accommodation is split into 6 no. distinctive blocks which have their own individual entrance arrangements, alongside cycle and bin storage.
Penthouse apartments have been specifically included in plans. Mock layouts show incredibly sleek and modern designs with mezzanine floor styled living rooms, spiral staircase and terrace style balconies.
There are no balconies at lower levels- balconies are all over a minimum of six meters in order to stop the possibility of being climbed onto and over. Apartments and maisonettes on lower levels will instead have private gardens, incorporating brick walls and hedging that will act as a physical and visual barrier
28% of the apartments are to be targeted towards over-55s with additional benefits through the provision of communal spaces, including a cinema room, lounges, library and roof terrace. A garden space dedicated to over 55’s is also included in plans to provide residents with access to outdoor communal space, to socialise and interact, promoting health and well-being.
Amenity areas are implemented within the communal garden, where residents can interact and socialise with each other. These areas are marked out to suggest divisions between public, semi-public and private areas within this garden thoroughfare, allowing it to act as both a street and a park and there are 118 parking spaces included within the proposals allowing residents the option of a car.
Three retail units are provided, two along Queen Street and one along Manchester Road, accessed and serviced from the street side and service bays provided along Manchester Road and Grimshaw Street. A cafe terrace area located off Manchester Road is intended to enliven the street scene and create social interaction between residents and the local community whilst bringing in an income to the local area.
- 05:25, 4 OCT 2022