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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 Prestons 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 is being transformed to offer 70 plush one and two-bedroom apartments. Residents will also be able to make the most of the bike and bin storage area in the basement.
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 central park area of Winckley Square has undergone £1m of investment recently to transform the public park. These investments in the area point to steadily rising standards of living and an attractive environment in which to live.
Preston’s impressive business, shopping and transport facilities are all located close by which makes this a perfect location for residential units.
Charles House is one of several tax offices across the North West which have closed as work moves to new regional centres in Manchester and Liverpool.
The outside of the 1960s building will be upgraded with renovations to the windows and double doors fitted, with a ramp for disabled access.
Residents will 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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