SLIDESHOW: A glimpse into an unloved landmark

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The name plates on the walls and hoists once used to take paperwork from floor to floor tell a little of the history of some 700 people who used to work at the Land Registry on Lytham Green.

Built in the 1960s, Birkenhead House on East Beach was used to store title deeds for homes across the UK at one point, but closed in 2006 and has remained empty ever since.

The run-down exterior of the old Land Registry building in Lytham and (below) Managing director of Danbro Damian Broughton and director of people and standards at Danbro Helen Broughton.

The run-down exterior of the old Land Registry building in Lytham and (below) Managing director of Danbro Damian Broughton and director of people and standards at Danbro Helen Broughton.

New owner Danbro hopes to remodel the iconic building, but before work starts, bosses invited The Gazette in for a peek at the once bustling government offices on Fylde’s coastline.

Perhaps the most memorable features of the large structure are the workers’ bar and games room.

Staff also had a full canteen, a gym and shower rooms.

Danbro’s director of people and standards, Helen Broughton, said: “The building is in good condition – the local government has kept it well maintained.”

Managing director of Danbro Damian Broughton and director of people and standards at Danbro Helen Broughton.

Managing director of Danbro Damian Broughton and director of people and standards at Danbro Helen Broughton.

The accountancy and payroll firm plans to move its offices from Whitehills Business Park to their new building in December 2014.

Work will begin on demolishing parts of the old building, from which 70 tonnes of carpet has been thrown out, towards the end of September.

As well as offices, the old Land Registry will also boast apartments, parking and landscaped gardens.

Helen said: “We have a design we are very happy with for this building, and we hope Lytham will be happy with it too.”

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