Preston firm completes new Lancashire church HQ

New base: The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, bishop of Blackburn centre with Alistair Baines of Cassidy and Ashton (fifth left)
New base: The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, bishop of Blackburn centre with Alistair Baines of Cassidy and Ashton (fifth left)
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A Preston architects has completed a prestigious contract to create a heavenly new HQ for the Diocese of Blackburn.

The Diocesan office has relocated to state-of-the-art headquarters on the outskirts of Blackburn following a major refurbishment.

Designed by architectural and planning practice, Cassidy and Ashton, the 9,000 sq ft, two-storey premises at Walker Office Park underwent extensive internal reconfiguration and modernisation.

The 12-week project, of an undisclosed sum, was delivered by Edward Dewhurst Ltd and incorporated a series of carefully-arranged glazed partitions throughout the open plan space, comprising meeting rooms, a staff kitchen and break-out areas.

Whitespace Consultants carried out a detailed space planning exercise, designed to meet the exact needs of the users and provided fit-for-purpose office furniture to achieve a comfortable and attractive working environment.

Alistair Baines, chairman at Cassidy and Ashton, said: “Our priority was to create a modern office environment that meets the changing nature of Blackburn Diocese and its staff and ensures the longevity of the building.”

Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn,said: “Having a fit-for-purpose base for all our hard-working staff is important so that we can effectively support our parishes and schools as we all work together to grow God’s Kingdom in the coming decade.”