A unit that was used as an NHS Heroes Support Hub could now be turned into a swimming pool.

Preston City Council received a planning application last week calling for unit three at the Fulwood Central Retail Park, which was first established in 2019, to be turned into a swimming pool with a mezzanine installation.

Austringer Captial Limited, a development company based in Preston, registered their application with the council on September 14, asking for permission to transform the former NHS worker support hub into a swimming pool.

Planning agents Cassidy and Ashton, writing on behalf of Austringer Capital, say that the bathhouse will be used for "educational purposes."

Their planning statement reads: "An occupier has now been found who wishes to utilise the unit as a swimming pool for teaching purposes.

"Unit three is currently unoccupied having been last used as an NHS Heroes Support Hub during the initial lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The sit plan for the proposed swimming pool, units one and two are home to B&M and Aldi.

"Unit three is the only vacant unit now remaining at the site.

"It’s conversion and associated extension would bring the unit into an active use, resulting in new employment opportunities and providing a service for the local area."

If successful, the swimming pool will be built in unit three of the retail park, alongside B&M Homestore and Aldi.

The scheme will see the establishment of a 260 metre square steel staircase with a mezzanine floor, a lift would also be installed to provide disabled access.

A proposed plant room extension will be located to the rear of the unit, totalling 50 metre square.

An artists impression of the Fulwood Central expansion.

Cassidy and Ashton say both features are "necessary" to enable the operation of the unit as a swimming bath.

The extension will be steel framed, with a flat roof and rainwater goods to match the existing building.

News of the application comes shortly after a mammoth extension to the Fulwood Central Retail Park was announced in August.

The retail park is set to double in size with the addition of several more retail units, restaurants, a gym and crazy golf, as well as a container park.

The container park will be built up of upcycled shipping containers that can be rented by small independent businesses. The container units will be mostly used as office space and food and retail units, with over 70 shipping containers being redeveloped.