Bid to turn St Wilfrid’s School site into drug and alcohol rehab unit

Medical support: The Grade 2 listed  former school

Medical support: The Grade 2 listed former school

A former school building could be transformed into a drug rehabilitation centre.

Plans have been tabled to turn St Wilfrid’s School in Fox Street, Preston, into new unit for alcohol and drug rehabilitation services.

An application has been submitted to Preston Council by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The plans state: “The new alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre will provide medical assistance, support and counselling services to the residents of Preston, suffering from substance abuse.”

The new ‘facilities’ would include consultation rooms, group rooms, clinical rooms, administration rooms and a cafe for staff and patients to use.

Health bosses are planning on reorganising the ground floor by removing stud partitions and suspended ceilings and replacing them with similar items to create the necessary layout.

The iron column and gas pipes will be exposed and the folding glazed screens on both floors will be concealed behind plasterboard and framing. The first floor will remain the same, aside from decoration.

The school was built in 1815 and has grade 2 listed status.

It isn’t clear if the building will be in addition to services already run by the Trust or a new base for existing services offered in Preston.

The trust already runs a drug & alcohol recovery service in Preston at Bickerstaff House and has recently been awarded another three year contract for the services.

The Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust declined to comment.

A decision on the application will be made by Preston Council in the coming months.




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