A former Victorian warehouse in Preston (a city in Lancashire, England) has been given a serious makeover by Etc Urban Developments and converted into 18 generously proportioned apartments ranging from studios units to one, two or three bedroom modern living spaces. Each apartment will be supplied with a Liebherr ColourLine fridge-freezer in either NeonOrange, KiwiGreen or FrozenBlue.
The Union Lofts
Each apartment is either on two floors or boasts a floor-to-ceiling height of up to 4 metres in the living rooms – or benefits from both. Half of the homes offer large balconies which can be accessed through full-height sliding glass doors which allow plenty of natural light to filter in. The lofts take full advantage of the building’s character, with exposed old brickwork, upcycled flooring, and soffit boards. These units are named “The Union Lofts” for a reason, exploiting the height of the existing roof with full width, clear span, timber, queen post trusses to provide generous living and kitchen areas.
A Pop Of Colour From Liebherr
Etc Urban have received much praise and enquiries about the Liebherr ColourLine fridge-freezers, a range currently only available in Europe. This line-up really adds a pop of colour to the newly refurbished apartments, with the NeonOrange being most popular. Neil Thornton, director of Etc Urban Developments, says:
“Our design ethos has been to preserve and enhance the original features of the Victorian manufactory and warehouse. Industrial chic is referenced by the original Accrington brick interior walls, the concrete floors and the 125-year-old trusses which form a feature of each loft apartment. Our appliances had to work perfectly with this industrial canvas and the Liebherr ColourLine range matches our aspirations perfectly.”
The refurbishment seems all the more remarkable given the building’s history and background. The Union Carriage Works was opened as a carriage and auto-car manufactory by James Walmsley in 1897 on Guildhall Street with “upwards of 100 carriages, the latest and lightest designs”. Twenty-eight years on, the building was sold to the United Yeast Company which serviced the brewing, baking, and confectioner’s trades until the 1960s.
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