The Changing Face of One of Preston’s Landmark Buildings

Hurstwood Offices - Preston

It’s more than 40 years since building work started on Marshall House, Hurstwood’s landmark office building on the Ringway in Preston town centre. Here’s a quick history lesson:

The building was constructed in the early 1970’s for Preston Polytechnic. It remained in their hands throughout the 80’s and 90’s as the institution first became Lancashire Polytechnic in 1984, and then gained full university status in 1993, becoming the University of Central Lancashire.

The front of the building originally looked different, as shown in the photo below from the UCLan website showing the building circa 1980. The entrance/reception was added when the building was refurbished in the late 90’s.

Hurstwood acquired the building in 2003 with the university initially remaining as a tenant but with space also made available for other occupiers.

The next major change to the building’s exterior happened in 2007 when it underwent a complete renovation. This saw the building undergo a full re-cladding and the installation of new double-glazed windows. The photo at the top of the page shows the building before and after this refurbishment.

More recently, Hurstwood have split the fifth floor of the property to satisfy demand for smaller offices. The building is currently home to tenants including Sencia, Service Care Solutions and Hadi Law, with space available from 250 ft² to 3,085 ft².

A photo taken in 1972 during the building’s construction can be seen here. As well as the above photo of Marshall House, the UCLan website features a range of photographs of their buildings as they looked in the 1980’s.

To find out more about the building and the offices Hurstwood currently have available, visit the property page.

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