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Chic urban loft apartments in the northwest of England. Surely Manchester? Or perhaps Liverpool? Think again. In this case, the unlikely Manhattan of the northwest turns out to be humble Preston. You’ll be impressed in Preston. Companies looking for temporary accommodation in the region need look no further for fully self-contained apartments their people will love.
The Union Carriage Works on Preston’s Guildhall Street began life in 1897 as a carriage and auto-car manufactory. The dawning of the age of the modern automobile led James Walmsley’s established carriage-making business to open a new, purpose built works opposite the neo-Elizabethan style Conservative Club on Guildhall Street. It was later sold to the United Yeast Company. This serviced the brewing, baking and confectionery trades until closing in the 1960s.
Arising phoenix-like from the subsequent era of post-industrial decline – with the old Conservative Club now a comedy club and cocktail lounge – the brand new Union Lofts are emblematic of the economic revival of the northwest as a whole. A range of duplex apartments – five studios. Five one-beds. Seven two-beds. And even a three-bed home. Providing generously-proportioned accommodation, ideal for professionals looking to benefit from Preston’s location at the heart of the northwest.
Each apartment benefits from a spacious urban loft feel. All but one are over two floors and some with up to four metres floor-to-ceiling heights in the living rooms. Nine apartments also feature large balconies. Paying tribute to the building’s industrial heritage, the lofts feature exposed brickwork and upcycled floor and roof timbers as queen post trusses.
While retaining the charm and character of the Victorian warehouse, however, the lofts are uncompromising in their modernity. With walls and roofs insulated to exceed building regulations. Acoustic floors, walls and ceilings and triple-glazed windows mean peace and quiet is guaranteed, while warmly decorated kitchens and bathrooms make the lofts a true home from home.
The Union Lofts are located between Preston’s main retail street, Fishergate – recently transformed in a multi-million pound makeover – and Winckley Square, a large, elegant Georgian Square that has also recently been restored. Guildhall Street is one of a network of traditional ‘lanes’ that give the area its unique character. That area is also home to an increasingly rich mix of cafes, restaurants and bars. Highlights include Bistrot Pierre (also a beautiful conversion, this time of an old church). The Mystery Tea House and the 1940s-style Italian café and ice cream parlour Brucciani’s. There’s even the UK’s first ever KFC, opened by the Colonel himself in 1965!
Preston also benefits from all the other features you would expect in a small city, from markets to a museum and art gallery, numerous places of worship, gyms and leisure facilities, an attractive river and historic dock, and even the University of Central Lancashire. And its transport links are second to none. Motorways heading in five directions, a railway station on the West Coast mainline, and train links to Manchester airport. Once your colleagues have settled in Union Lofts, though, you’ll have a hard time persuading them to leave! You’ll be impressed in Preston!