Lottery cash is just the ticket for two Preston townhouses

A second pot of Lottery cash has been awarded to the historic Winckley Square area of Preston to help restore two crumbling townhouses.

Friday, 21st December 2018, 3:35 pm
Updated Friday, 21st December 2018, 3:38 pm
The two townhouses being renovated in Cross Street, Preston.
The two townhouses being renovated in Cross Street, Preston.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has stumped up £100,000 to bring adjoining properties 1/2 Cross Street back to their former glory after more than a decade standing empty and forlorn.

The grant follows a near £1m contribution by Lottery bosses to the restoration of Winckley Square Gardens two years ago.

The houses, which were previously used as offices by a firm of solicitors, will be the second project under the Winckley Square Townscape Heritage Initiative to improve key historic buildings.

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Work has begun to restore the properties to form the headquarters for project and building consultancy Anderton Gables.

MD Jonathan Shaw said: “With the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund we will be able to rejuvenate the building and transform it into an ultra-modern workspace that our staff deserve.

Work has already begun on-site and we are hoping to move into our new head office early next year.”

Coun Peter Moss, cabinet member for planning at the city council, added: “It’s fantastic to see another historical Preston building brought back into use. This supports ongoing regeneration projects in the city and will help to sustain our economic growth.”