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Former Preston nightclub set for transformation in new masterplan

Written by on June 10, 2020

A former Preston nightclub is set for a dramatic transformation into new office facilities.

The Browns Cafe Bar and Truth nightclub in Buckingham House in Glovers Court, once a popular city centre destination with a rotating dance floor, is set for a new future as ground floor offices.

Eye-catching illustrations of what the development could look like have been released by planning agents Munshi and Partners, showing a total transformation of the exterior of the building as well as two offices on the ground floor.

Meanwhile, the second to fifth floors above the former nightclub are already set to be transformed from former office space into apartments in line with Preston City Council’s City Living strategy.

The first floor is set to remain as office accommodation.

“Providing quality accommodation at affordable rates the offices deliver the ideal solution for start-up and small businesses looking for quality office space in a central location,” says Munshi and Partners.

The team behind the transformation of Buckingham House is Ashraf and Nazma Kantharia of Preston-based company TSS Properties.

And Munshi and Partners say they want to “enhance the visual appearance” of the front of Buckingham House to to offer a “complement, positive contribution” to Preston city centre.

In the CGI of what the building could look like, external lighting can be seen from floors two to five, as well as a darker grey overall appearance to the current brown exterior.

Some six full-time and four part-time jobs are set to be created as part of the nightclub transformer, TSS states in documents to Preston City Council.

“The need for revitilise the business sector in the town centre has been demonstrated,” says Munshi and Partners.

The office and apartments plan is the latest development in the redevelopment of the Glovers Court area, spearheaded by TSS Properties.

The company is also behind the £2.5 million redevelopment of the former EH Booths headquarters, tearoom and warehouses in Glovers Court.

Luxury flats have been constructed where Booths used to work; a listed building dating back the 1860s.