Heritage Campaigners Want Theatre Street Orphanage Protected

Complaints have been launched by campaigners after the announcement that a Victorian orphanage in Preston will be converted into housing.

Heritage campaigners, The Victorian Society, have said the gothic-styled Grade II building should not be converted.

Czero Developments has plans to turn the former St Joseph’s Orphanage into apartments, which would require demolition of a number of buildings on the site.

The grounds have been unused since 2007, when it was last used as a care home, following its original purpose as a hospital.

A spokesman for the group told BBC News, “The exterior shells of the buildings are fit for repurpose, as it is largely only the interior that has rotted away, and the society urges the developers to rethink their plans [and retain] the historic structures”.

No construction or demolition work will go ahead until a date to decide on the plans are decided by the Preston City Council.

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