The former EH Booths headquarters, tearoom and warehouses in Glovers Court, Preston, is undergoing a Â£2.5m renovation, which developers say will kick start a new ‘leisure quarter’ for the city.
The iconic bridge over Glovers Court has been incorporated into the show apartment, as a games room. The clock has been restored and will soon be working once more. The View from the restored bridge The restored bridge makes a great games room Kitchen area and living space The building, complete with a bridge linking the two sites, is being transformed into 14 luxury apartments, with extensive work underway to save and restore key features of the buildings past Developers Preston-based TSS Property Ltd, said: Its the first high street living concept in Preston. Were kickstarting it and setting the benchmark for luxury. Attention is being paid to the former tearoom which was built in 1859, and became the home of Booths in 1867 when they relocated from their original premises at the Market Place. The building was extended towards Glovers Court in 1915 and it became one of Prestons most prestigious grocery stores, with a silver service caf above the ground floor. The original ornate ceiling mouldings, fireplaces, panelling and beams are being restored, to fit alongside high-end, modern fittings. There are bluetooth speakers in the ceiling, a fully-electric heating system, fingerprint recognition to get into the flats and full CCTV in communal areas The company is commited to the regeneration of Preston, with much of its investment in city centre retail. Crystal chandeliers are to be installed in marbled foyers, bathrooms feature Italian sanitary wear and kitchen tiles have been specially imported from Spain The 12-month project is half-way to completion, currently ahead of schedule. Prices range from 135,000 to 185,000 Work on the old Booths tea room at City Bridge Apartments, Preston Water damage to be repaired in the ceilings of the old tearoom The building will soon be back to its original splendor