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Cotton Court contains innovative new office plans for Preston


Preston’s premier business centre has found an innovative way to expand due to the increased demand for office space.

Cotton Court is aiming to create mini pods on its historic mill site, off Church Street in the city centre, to help kick-start new businesses and cater for the growing number of start-ups looking for cost-effective and perfectly-sized private office space.

The Cotton Pods have been created by designers from the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) and will be built out of 16 20ft long shipping containers stacked over two levels in two locations on the site.

A planning application has been submitted to Preston City Council and work could begin later this year if the plans are approved.

Cotton Court owner Robert Binns says: “Since Cotton Court’s conversion to a business centre,...

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Top award for FWP’s unique motorway services


One of the Frank Whittle Partnership’s flagship projects has won a top RICS award.

The Preston-based architects and surveyors were instrumental in delivering the hugely popular Gloucester Motorway Services for the Cumbrian firm Westmorland, owners of the Tebay Services on the M6.

The design and delivery of the Gloucester services on the M5 was overseen by FWP as project and cost managers with both north and southbound services opening on time and to the £40 million budget.

The RICS Project of the Year Award 2017 is in recognition of the fact that Westmorland runs the services, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, as a unique charity, the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, which provides regular and reliable income to a host of good causes.


Through this partnership, the charity stands to ...

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Preston named Top 3 property hotspot

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Preston has been highlighted as a property hotspot by Estate Agent Today, one of three North West cities to be predicted to grow.

The online news platform for residential property professionals says the property market in northern England, supported in part by the Northern Powerhouse concept, has attracted a lot of domestic and international investment, especially from China. “This has helped to drive up transactions, prices and rental values across many northern regions, led by the North West,” says writer Marc da Silva.

He adds: “With affordability in London stretched, a growing number of prospective buyers, from home movers to property investors, are now turning their attentions to England’s northern regions where prospects for capital growth look far more promising, as illustra...

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Historic offices add to regeneration of city centre

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An historic printworks in the heart of Preston has been successfully converted into modern offices thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Townscape Heritage grant programme and the vision of the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP).

Work has completed on the transformation of the Edwardian Lambert Brothers printing press building on Glover’s Court in a £650,000 regeneration scheme.

The project, also supported by Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council, to transform the long empty building into bespoke office accommodation aimed at small to medium size businesses has been made possible thanks to a £346,000 HLF grant.

The project is one of many planned as part of HLF’s wider funding to Preston City Council to conserve, protect and bring into use local historic buildings.

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£1.2.m Winckley Square restoration adds to a city on the up


Preston’s historic Winckley Square gardens have been officially reopened to the public following a £1.2 million restoration backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

It’s the latest high profile project in the regeneration of the Lancashire city and follows a series of ‘good news’ announcements in the public, commercial and residential sectors.

In the latter category, Etc Urban Developments is seeking planning consent for its ‘game-changing’ warehouse project in neighbouring Guildhall Street. 17 spacious duplex loft-style apartments are being created to bring a design-led residential scheme to Preston for the first time.

Preston needs a city living movement giving people the opportunity to buy their own homes in the city centre; who will then support the commercial initiatives being...

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£2.5m plans unveiled for stylish loft living in the heart of Preston


Plans have been unveiled to create Preston’s first loft style apartments in a £2.5 million regeneration project that will transform an empty Victorian warehouse in the heart of the city into stylish new homes.

The apartments have been designed by one of the UK’s leading urban residential architects and are being delivered by Etc Urban Developments, a new property company specialising in original, high-quality city living projects.

The spacious duplex apartments will be created in a former carriage manufactory, which was built in Guildhall Street in the 1890s and was converted into a yeast warehouse in the 1920s.

The innovative city centre apartment plan is being backed by the government’s Growing Places Fund, led in Preston by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and is part of the ...

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Retail jobs boost as Fishergate Centre signs TJ Hughes


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Fishergate Shopping Centre owner Benson Elliot has secured the return of popular department store TJ Hughes to Preston, with the creation of more than 80 new jobs.

The discount department store group is returning to its original 33,000 sq ft premises over two floors at the centre on a 10 year lease after an absence of five years.

The retailer has prioritised Preston as one of its most successful locations and will open its doors to shoppers mid-October after an extensive refurbishment.

And the North West media, together with the national property and retail trade press, all published the full story on their news websites and in the papers and magazines bringing the significant letting news to thousands of readers on and offline:


This was a result of Thornton Media’s expert team ...

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Lancashire Evening Post: Scott and Kady bring a loving feeling to Fishergate

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Reality TV fans flocked to Preston’s Fishergate Shopping Centre to see Love Island favourites Scott Thomas and Kady McDermott up close and personal.

The celebrity couple posed for photographs and met fans, shoppers and store staff as the popular retail centre kicked off its big autumn launch event.

The big Autumn Weekender was held to mark the arrival of the new season in style, showcasing the latest fashions on offer.

And the Lancashire Evening Post published the full story on its news website and in the paper bringing the celebrity visit the thousands of readers on and offline:


This was a result of Thornton Media’s expert team of business writers and photographer liaising closely with the local media to ensure the visit was covered to maximum effect.

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All North West Media: FWP takes Guild Hall to next LeVel

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The latest exciting phase in the multi-million pound transformation of Preston’s Guild Hall, the city’s leading entertainment and leisure complex, has been given the go-ahead by planners.

Plans submitted by The Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) to convert the basement and ground floor levels of the venue into a 10-pin bowling alley, nine-hole crazy golf course, karaoke booths, a sports bar and dining room have been approved.

And all the media in the North West have published the full story on their news websites and alerted thousands of subscribers via their daily email news bulletins:


This was a result of a proactively researched and written press release by Thornton Media’s expert team of business writers and distributed to all the relevant regional media in the Nort...

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Lancashire Evening Post: Portergate unveils Lancashire’s most luxurious student accommodation

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The most luxurious student accommodation in Lancashire is ready to open its doors to the 2016-17 in-take at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

Friargate Court, designed and managed by student accommodation expert Portergate, is a 244-bedroom residence in the heart of the city’s University Quarter.

The complex will be officially opened on September 19 ready for the new academic year and bookings have already been taken from students eager to be the first to live in the most desirable student address in the city.

And the Lancashire Evening Post, North West Business Insider, The Business Desk and Blog Preston have all published the full story on their news websites and alerted thousands of subscribers via their daily email news bulletins:

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