A focus on fire safety performance in Preston

Built in the 1960s, Crystal House in the city centre of Preston was originally a 12-storey office block. Converted into a mix of retail and residential units, the tower now houses 48 residential flats on its upper floors.

The building owner and landlord successfully applied for funding from the UK Government Building Safety Fund (BSF) to replace unsafe cladding and insulation on the building facade.

The fund was set up by the government to improve fire safety in residential tower blocks in the UK. As a high-rise residential building, Crystal House was eligible for BSF funding to help finance the work.

We were appointed to replace the existing ceramic tile cladding and spandrel panels in the glazing units. The tower is located in Fishergate, the busy shopping district near the railway station in Preston City Centre.

Our team had to minimise disruption to the surrounding area while installing the new A1 fire rated ceramic rainscreen. Just as importantly, we needed to make sure that residents could stay in their own homes throughout the renovation work.

Crystal House, Preston

Our Role: Principal Contractor
Size: 1,500m²
Programme: 26 Weeks
Completion: May 2022