The now unused Orient Building stands on the corner of Station Road and Copse Road at Fleetwood
A planning application was submitted in March 2014 for the Orient Building, for prior notification of change of use from B1 (office) to C3 (dwellinghouses).
In recent years a number of different uses have been proposed and explored including a tram museum and a community building, but none of these plans have secured sufficient funds to be taken forward.
The Orient Building is the former Custom House and was also once a trawler net factory.
It was built in the early 20th century, sub-divided into three buildings.
The Custom House occupied the corner of Lofthouse Way and Station Road, the middle of the building was once a navigation school and the eastern part of the building on the corner of Station Road and Siding Road was used as an employment exchange.
The building has also been used as a fish curing works and a magistrates court.
It’s a two storey building built of red brick with sandstone lintels and a flat roof.
The building was assessed for listing in 2008, but didn’t meet the criteria for the following reasons:
– The building is architecturally modest with little external evidence of its former usage other than lettering executed in glazed brickwork on its Lofthouse Way façade.
– The building’s interior has been largely stripped out and vandalised leaving few surviving original or early fixtures and fittings and little evidence for its previous usage.
– The building is appropriately protected by being included within the Fleetwood Conservation Area.
Some of this information was researched from the Pastscape website which you might find interesting. It’s an English Heritage website and public archive.