Major plans for historic Preston building

Plans have been lodged to convert Glovers House into a restaurant, retail unit and apartments. Artist's impression of how the building will look.

Plans have been lodged to convert Glovers House into a restaurant, retail unit and apartments. Artist's impression of how the building will look.

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Plans have been unveiled to breathe new life into a city-centre building.

An application has been lodged by Preston-based Equitas Solicitors to transform Glovers House, in Glovers Court, into a restaurant, retail unit and 30 apartments.

And architects say they are “excited” about the major refurbishment project.

The building, constructed as an extension to the Booths properties, is to be converted into a retail unit, restaurant and storage, while the upper floors are set to become nine two-bedroomed apartments and 21 one-bedroomed apartments, if plans are given the go-ahead.

Proposals also include a three-storey extension to increase the height of the building from four storeys to seven.

Architect and agent David Cox said: “We are really excited that another building that’s been a liability to the city is being reawakened and it just feels like things are happening in the city now.

“We are looking at a number of different schemes in the city for refurbishment and we find it very exciting.

“And being able to use the historic fabric to restore the future of the city is something we are very enthusiastic about.”

A design and access statement submitted to Preston Council said: “A new build element is proposed to cap the building off and give it a fresh new identity.

“The new upper floor will contrast with the historic fabric to enliven the street scene and create a strong image for the building.”