St Josephs Orphanage, located in the heart of the city centre, will finally be redeveloped.
Over the years it has been the subject to numerous illegal break-ins and vandalism.
The Victorian building is currently derelict and Preston Police have had to issue many warnings about the dangers there, particularly after some children became trapped.
Lately, ladders have been found propped up against the walls of the where the stained glass windows have been broken, lead stolen off the roof and floorboards have rotted due to water damage.
Now, Czero Developments is the specialist historic building developer who will be teaming up with the Orphanage owner and hoping to have a positive impact on the site.
The progress made by Czero Developments is the furthest step towards redevelopment the site has seen.
A guard will remain permanently on site, at Mount Street, 24-hours a day to do preliminary work and prevent people from trespassing.
It is hoped that the Grade II listed building will be transformed into affordable city centre family housing.
Some important parts of the building will have to be kept due to the grade status.
Once the site has been made safe, it’s hoped that a range of tours will be held there along with Heritage Open days in September.
The aim is to provide a safe and educational insight into the building’s history.
Czero Developments have revived many derelict grade listed buildings before, including the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester and The Emporium (Christopher Wray building) in Birmingham.
If their planning application is accepted for the redevelopment, it’s hoped that the revival will be completed towards the end of 2019.
Founder of Czero Developments, Simon Linford, told Blog Preston: “The building is a death trap and is very dangerous for anybody to enter.
“We have been here for nine months and we’ve had surveyors with vast experience, who know what they are talking about, refuse to go in.
“Someone will now live on site all the time to stop people coming in and start preliminary work.
“It is actually illegal to trespass onto the premises, as well as extremely dangerous. The police have been involved several times.
“We are looking forward to making a positive impact on the site and finally start to redevelop it.
“We hope to have submitted a planning request to Preston City Council by Christmas.
“We’ve also been working with Historic England who have been really helpful.”
By Maria Jacovou