Dalton Square Planning Permission Received

Planning Permission has been granted by Lancaster City Council for an exciting development containing 33 new studio apartments in Lancaster City Centre, on the site of a former cinema and nightclub. Although the Planning Application is for Student Housing; the building has also been designed as an Aparthotel.

Andrew Walters, HPA architect said: “We are delighted that Lancaster City Council have agreed to allow the regeneration of this key City Centre Site with an exciting, contemporary energy-efficient building which respects the sensitive historic setting of Dalton Square.”

The housing design retains the existing building, facing historic Dalton Square, but proposes the redevelopment of the former cinema auditorium at the rear of the building, accessed from Mary Street. Importantly, the height of new housing design has been Planned to prevent it from being seen from the centre of the Square.

The modern design contains an interesting stepped four-storey elevation, which frames views to Mary Street or towards the Ashton Memorial from the upper floors. The building has been designed to meet sustainable levels above and beyond the existing Building Regulations, including high-levels of insulation, Air-Source Heat Pumps, and Photo-Voltaic Cells.

HPA director, Richard Wooldridge, also commented: “Our Client wanted a contemporary design which would compliment the area, and bring vibrancy to Mary Street. HPA’s local knowledge, in-house design, planning and heritage expertise, combined with a good working relationship with the Local Planning Authority, have helped to deliver a really exciting scheme which will improve a forgotten part of the historic Centre.”

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