Following significant discussion with local authority and key stakeholders, this scheme was granted outline consent in July 2012.  The scheme comprises a 130,000 sq ft food store, two additional large retail units and a number of smaller units totalling a further 90,000 sq ft retail space. This development is supported by significant highway works, car parking – including a multi storey car park facility – and a new petrol station, and provides a large regeneration opportunity for Preston.

Located on the original Horrocks Mill site, the proposal includes a material palette and design ethos sympathetic to the area’s historic background. Key references are made through the choice of external materials, including patterned composite cladding panels and a patterned perforated sheet to shroud the car park. Alongside these, crisp detailing and glazing complement the modern design solution.

This approval was granted on one of a number of schemes on which we are acting for the Brookhouse Group, a privately owned property development and investment company based in Sale.

Brookhouse Client Testominal:

“Brookhouse Group are a privately owned property development and investment group specialising in retail and commercial premises and we are currently expanding our investment portfolio in these markets.

SMR Architects are our preferred architect for a number of retail driven projects based on their knowledge and experience of various food retailers, including framework agreements with a number of the main five supermarket operators. They are responsive and dedicated, provide rapid turnaround of schemes and capable of managing a number of projects at any time.

Their retail teams offer a breadth of experience from feasibility to construction, and they offer a true end to end service. Key is their understanding of retailers, how trends are changing and affecting the food retail market and the architecture and buildings required by retailers to deliver the customer offer required in today’s market.” Mike Nuttall, Brookhouse Group.”