The abandoned Ulverston Police Station and Courthouse is set to transform into a bustling multi-use leisure hub following a recent sale.

Building Design Northern (BDN) Limited, an architectural and engineering firm, has finalised the purchase of the former constabulary buildings, jumpstarting its development plans.

Unveiled last year by BDN, the project aims to revitalize the neglected building, which has deteriorated over time.

It envisions an eclectic mix of commercial space, offices, boutique-serviced accommodation, and new homes - all rolled into an intensive restoration programme.

The old jail cells within the Police Station will house boutique accommodation while the building will additionally feature coveted office space.

BDN itself plans to move into the renovated police station, providing a creative workspace setting for its expanding team, and a client-friendly atmosphere that reflects the quality of their work.

The superintendent's quarters - once the west wing, which was destroyed before BDN's acquisition of the property - will offer specially serviced accommodation.

Each apartment will come with an en-suite and a kitchenette, while the old courthouse will serve up a fresh restaurant pavilion surrounded by a courtyard of independent commercial spaces.

The refurbishment of former garages is expected to lure in a variety of retail traders. Communal living is also factored in, with three one and two-bedroom residences designed around a central green space to encourage a strong sense of community.

These homes will replace former MOT garages.

The constabulary buildings in Ulverston have been vacant since 2015, when the police evacuated and despite a private sale, the buildings have remained empty since.

BDN, which established an Ulverston branch in 2018, aims to inject new vitality into the site, offering superior accommodation and visitor experiences to the local people of Ulverston through this project.

Director of architecture and head of BDN’s Ulverston office, Joe Warner, said: "Not only will the Police Station provide a unique experience for visitors who stay in the serviced accommodation or frequent the eateries and retail spaces we create in this stunning space, but it will also provide us – as BDN – with an inspiring new office where we can proudly welcome our clients and our growing team.

"We have been operating out of Ulverston for many years, but this space provides a permanence that shows the commitment we have to growing our presence here – it’s something we are really excited about, particularly because of the prominence of this building."