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Charles House is a well-known building located in an exceptionally attractive city centre location. The prominent five-storey office building previously served as Preston’s oldest tax office, having been occupied by HM Revenue & Customs for many years.
Boasting almost 40,000 square feet of space on Winckley Square, the property has been transformed to offer 70 plush one and two-bedroom apartments. Built to the highest specifications, these unmissable apartments are available for buyers at early off-plan prices, as well as those looking to rent.
The transformation of Charles House works towards satisfying the hunger for high-end homes from first-time buyers and professionals as the drive to encourage city centre living continues.
Repurposing office accommodation to create more living spaces in the heart of Preston works alongside regeneration projects active in the area.
The property overlooks Winckley Square park, a tree-lined Georgian green space that has recently undergone a £1m transformation. These investments in the area point to steadily rising standards of living and an attractive environment in which to live.
A short walk from the main high street, Preston’s impressive business, shopping and transport facilities are all located close by. This makes it the perfect central location for professionals and first-time buyers. As well as benefitting from the surrounding green space, points of cultural interest include the Grade I listed building The Harris, housing the city’s museum, art gallery and public library.
Charles House is one of several tax offices across the North West which has closed as work moves to new regional centres in Manchester and Liverpool.
The exterior of the 1960s building has been upgraded with renovations to the windows and double doors fitted, with a ramp for accessibility. Residents are also able to make the most of the bike and bin storage area in the basement.
Residents have access to an excellent mix of transport links, as the 20-year vision to transform transport in and around the centre of Preston gathers pace.
The scheme proposes putting a new bridge over the River Ribble as well as putting more focus on making walking and cycling the norm. Tom Roberts, Mott McDonald’s principal transport planner, said: ‘A new Ribble crossing would take vehicles out of the core city centre which shouldn’t be there.’
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