Part of a city mill looks set to be transformed into an escape room with a real-life prison break.
Plans have been lodged to turn part of the ground floor of Aqueduct Mill in Aqueduct Street into Escape Room Preston, which will see players locked in a room, facing a race against time to get out.
In Preston we’ve got ‘prison break’, ‘the mummy’, ‘taken’, ‘gallery’ and ‘vampire’, and they are all different puzzles.Haroon Patel
If permission is granted, the new adventure game is expected to be open in September.
Manager Haroon Patel said his organisation had taken the franchise from its Malaysia-based parent company, and hoped to introduce 10 escape rooms across the UK.
He said: “A group of two-to-six people come in and they have got a choice of different themed rooms.
“In Preston we’ve got ‘prison break’, ‘the mummy’, ‘taken’, ‘gallery’ and ‘vampire’, and they are all different puzzles.
“If you choose ‘prison break’, you get locked into a room, sub-divided into two or three rooms, and you have to solve puzzles to get out.
“You get one hour to do it and you have clues there to find the answers.
“In ‘prison break’, the whole team will be handcuffed and locked in a room which resembles a prison cell.
“They have to find a key to the handcuffs then open a few doors and try to escape.”
He said, subject to planning permission, the escape rooms would be open on September 1. Mr Patel said: “It will be good for corporate team-building exercises. There’s nothing like this, the nearest one will be Liverpool and Manchester.
“We are looking forward to it, we plan to build one every three months.”
A decision on the conversion plans will be made under delegated powers.