The Corn Exchange, Preston

Client: Lancashire Enterprise PLC
Construction cost £4m

Project details

Built in the early 19th Century with a clock tower to the front, assembly rooms, and huge public hall to the rear, this was once dubbed as Preston’s very own Crystal Palace (after the same caste and glass building technique).

Sadly the huge public hall had to be demolished to enable the main city ring road to be built. However, significant efforts were made to try and retain the original assembly rooms and clock tower.

The original building was successfully retained and refurbished to a shell finish, ultimately let and fit out as a Public House, initially the Flax & Firkin, and more recently, the Assembly Rooms.

The statue outside the building commemorates the scene of an ugly demonstration in 1842 when soldiers killed five striking cotton workers.

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