THIS is the first look at plans to transform a coastal eyesore.
Accountants firm Danbro hopes to bring the old Land Registry building, which has been derelict on Lytham Green for years, back into use.
Including a new circular feature at the end of the site facing the famous Green and decorated in new terracotta and cream colours, the building will house the firm’s 125 employees, plus offer office space for new businesses and have a wing for new apartments. Within five years, Danbro aims to employ more than 300 workers, which would not be possible at its current offices at Whitehills Business Park in Peel.
The husband and wife team behind the company, Damian and Helen Broughton, said this next part of their scheme was an exciting one.
Director Mrs Broughton said: “This is a really nice building, and we’re really excited about moving in.”
Plans for the building include demolishing its middle wing – unseen by the public – to allow for a new car park. The building’s current car park, which is on the Ribble Estuary side of the structure, will be landscaped.
An extra level would also be built, though the overall height of the building would not be altered because of an existing lift shaft to that height.
Danbro marketing manager Julie Butcher said: “We are creating a new landmark for Lytham.”
And Mrs Broughton added: “Throughout this process we have been reminded of what an iconic building the Land Registry was and still is.
“People had a lot of experiences working there, if not themselves then their family.
“People feel they have a vested interest in the building and the site as a whole, and we tried to come up with a way of bringing history into modern times, rather than doing away with it.”
The scheme has now been submitted to Fylde Council for planning permission.