The Lancashire Evening Post, Thursday, 29th August 2002
Exclusive flats plan
for college's annexe
Laura Kennerley
A FORMER college annexe will be transformed into an exclusive apartment block in Preston’s historic business quarter.

The firm which built the £1.5 m flat for England star Steven Gerrard is behind plans for 23 apartments on Winckley Square.

The flats will be built in the former Preston College catering department if planning permission is granted.

The Western Side of Winckley Square Exclusive Apartments: Preston's Business quarter- Winckley Square - and, right, Steven Gerrard whose £1.5m flat in Southport is similar to those planned. Steven Gerrard


Euxton based builders, Blackthorn Homes Ltd, are the third company to unveil plans to create luxury apartments on the prestigious square, once the most desirable address in the city.

Blackthorn Homes Ltd offer purchasers a bespoke service allowing them to choose their own apartment designs.

Buyers can turn their pads into laps of luxury choosing to have saunas, steam rooms and gyms included in the designs.

Simon Coyle, director of marketing for Blackthorn Homes, said: “We always sell the apartments before we build them, so are clients can have whatever they want, from absolute luxury to the bare essentials.

“These apartments will be like those which we have built at the Marine Gate complex in Southport, where footballers Steven Gerrard and Dominic Matteo now live”.

The stars shelled out in access of £1m each for their apartments, which overlook the seafront in the former promenade Hospital.

The Winckley Square apartment block would also boast a health club and basement-level parking.

Preston-based Rowland Homes has already unveiled its plans to create 40 exclusive park-side apartments in Grace House, which was once part of Winckley Square School for Girls.

Portergate Residential Developers, from Manchester, are also set to transform the former newspaper office at 22 Winckley Square into seven apartments.

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