Maple Grove

MGD to deliver vibrant city centre commercial space

4th September 2023


Maple Grove Developments is working with Preston City Council and W_rkspace on the £7.4m refurbishment of Amounderness House, Preston.

Plans to convert Preston’s former Magistrates’ Court into office and retail space have been submitted by the city council, with Maple Grove Developments managing the project via the Lancashire Regeneration Property Partnership. Amounderness House is located next to our Preston Animate site, which is due to open Spring 2025 and is currently under construction with Maple Grove Developments and our Eric Wright Construction team.

Grade II-listed Amounderness House will undergo a refurbishment and is one of six major projects planned under Preston’s Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme, for which the city was awarded £20.9m from the Government’s national Towns Fund initiative in March 2021. Harris Quarter is a unique area of Preston undergoing a £200m investment programme to transform its historic buildings, sites and public realm into a diverse culture, leisure and employment offering.

Plans for Amounderness House’s refurbishment, designed by Frank Whittle Partnership, include the sensitive repair and redevelopment of the existing former police station, cells and magistrates court building, retaining the historic building fabric wherever possible while creating a space suitable for modern use. When completed, the refurbishment will see 26 offices of circa 645 sq ft and four craft or retail studios made available. In addition, the existing courtyard will be updated and open for public use.

Nik Puttnam, our senior development manager with Maple Grove Developments, said: “The submission of the planning application and listed building consent is another key milestone which has been achieved on the project.”

Chair of Preston’s Towns Fund Strategic Board, John Chesworth, said: “It’s fantastic that plans have been submitted to transform Amounderness House into a vibrant commercial space. The scheme will provide much needed office accommodation in the city and contribute to the growth of Preston’s economy. It’s a remarkable building with significant historical and architectural importance, and we’re delighted to see that those assets are celebrated in the proposed plans.”

Smith & Love is the planning consultant for the scheme. Director, Deborah Smith, said: “The reuse and repurposing of Amounderness House will make a significant contribution to Preston Council’s regeneration plans for the city centre.”

The project team for Amounderness House also includes Cowburn-Watson Box, SCP Transport, Eden Heritage, E3P, TRP Consulting, and Graham Schofield Associates.