Restoring the iconic Gillows Building in Lancaster

Posted on August 7th, 2018

Gillows GIMP

Transformation of the Grade II listed ‘Gillows’ building in Lancaster city centre has been awarded to John Turner Construction by CityBlock, a leading student accommodation developer.

Originally built in 1882, Gillows will be restored and converted from a former furniture factory and Lancaster University nightclub into student accommodation.

The three storey building will retain some of its existing features including stained glass windows, original pillars and a stunning staircase which was constructed by the original furniture makers, Waring and Gillow, as shown in the photo above, taken by Lancaster Guardian.

Preserving local history and restoring an iconic listed building, Gillows will provide 96 beds across a range of single ensuite rooms in a shared cluster flat along with individual studio apartments.  Common areas will include private dining, social common room, TV/games room, laundry, cycle store and management office.

CityBlock has been providing student accommodation in Lancaster for over 15 years, earning an outstanding reputation for high-quality rooms, apartments and flats along with creating a fun student community offering excellent value.

Trevor Bargh, CEO of CityBlock said ‘we respect the heritage of the building and have incorporated the historic features in the design. We are excited to welcome students to the building next year. Student wellbeing remains a priority for CityBlock and the scheme has been designed with this in mind, with excellent amenities including a communal lounge, private dining room and quiet study area.’

Julian Haigh, Commercial Director at John Turner Construction said ‘we are extremely pleased to have been appointed as the main contractor to refurbish and repurpose this fine listed building on behalf of CityBlock Ltd. This unique development will provide luxury student accommodation in an iconic setting.’