Proposals to create a development of 28 apartments in the heart of Lancaster city centre have been unveiled.
Lancaster-based Harrison Pitt Architects has submitted a planning application for the scheme on behalf of applicant Fuelsmart Ltd.
The five-storey building would sit within the Lancaster City Conservation Area on a site bounded by the historic Dalton Square, Brock Street and Mary Street. A flexible design enables the development to be used as either high-quality student accommodation or as a luxury aparthotel.
It would see the façade and cinema foyer of 13 Dalton Square retained as part of the development while the dilapidated cinema auditorium to the rear would be demolished to make way for the new one and two-bedroom and studio apartments.
Andrew Walters, architect at Harrison Pitt Architects, said: “This is an innovative yet sympathetic design which enables us to revitalise a neglected building while helping Dalton Square retain its historic character.
“The original features within the former cinema foyer facing Dalton Square are in good condition and can be refurbished, while the façade of the building will be improved through a new, more vibrant shop-front.
“The new building will also provide a visual improvement to Mary Street which is to the rear of Dalton Square. As Lancaster-based architects, it’s a real privilege to be entrusted to work on this exciting project which can further enhance this part of the city centre.”