Architecture & Engineering
BDN have exchanged contracts on the former Ulverston Police Station and Courthouse, acting as lead architects, engineers and project managers for the site’s proposed transformation. The buildings fell out of use since it was vacated by the police in 2015, and despite being privately sold, has remained unoccupied since.
In May 2023, we submitted a planning application with the intention of creating a brand-new multi use destination for Ulverston.
The intentions for the site look to transform the damaged, disused buildings into a mixed-use venue of commercial space, offices, boutique serviced accommodation and new homes, with a tasteful and sympathetic programme of restoration proposed. Stood vacant since 2015, the former Police Station will be reimagined with the five old jail cells repurposed as two boutique serviced rooms, with their own en-suites and kitchenette space. Demolished prior to BDN’s acquisition of the site, the ‘West Wing,’ which historically housed the superintendent’s quarters, will be rebuilt to house seven further serviced rooms.
We will also establish a new North West headquarters in the main police station building if the plans are approved, which will include a communal kitchen, meeting room and desk space for the expanding practice.
Three one and two-bedroom dwellings are proposed to replace the former MOT garages and stables buildings, with the design centred around communal green and amenity space to foster a sense of community amongst residents.
A single storey extension is proposed to the Courthouse, to create a new restaurant pavilion, with a surrounding courtyard of former garages to be converted into independent commercial space, that is expected to attract a range of local businesses. The upper floor will consist of generous boutique accommodation suites.
Our visionary plans for the development look to provide a unique offering of high-quality accommodation and visitor experiences to Ulverston, at a site that has been neglected since its closure. Historic buildings will be restored with modern proposals, whilst being respectful to their historic context, through preserving original features of the former constabulary buildings.
The plans are expected to go before Westmorland and Furness Council’s planning committee in summer 2023, and if permission is granted, work will quickly start on the redevelopment of the site.
Businesses interested in taking space within the development should contact BDN, via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0191 535 6189.