Grade II listed court house to provide office space for Bradford businesses
A Grade II listed former court house in Bradford city centre, based on Manor Row, is undergoing a major transformation to become a state-of-the-art business centre with serviced offices.
The Victorian building, to be renamed Malik House after the Bradford family who are managing the project, will become a top-spec venue for small and start-up businesses seeking flexible office space. The conversion of the building is said to cost between ┬ú350,000 and ┬ú400,000.
Facilities including free Wi-Fi broadband, meeting rooms and video conferencing equipment will be provided on a pay-as-you-go basis. Virtual offices will also be available for businesses that don’t require a physical presence at the building.
The building has an impressive history of business and commerce, having once formed the barristers’ chambers for the adjoining County Court, and later becoming an office for the Inland Revenue.
Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, property developer Sheraz Malik said:
“Originally, when we bought the property, it was quite an eyesore. We are creating a business centre with 13 serviced offices. There are partition walls so, if someone came in and wanted a bigger space, we could move a wall.”
He added, “Altogether there is 4,000 sq ft of serviced office space. We have already had quite a lot of positive feedback and the estate agents reckon it could be one of the most popular office developments in Bradford city centre.”
Mike Cartwright, of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, said:
“Business space for small and medium-sized companies is still in demand, even in the recession. Start-ups and small owner or proprietor-type businesses are always looking for more choice and flexibility. The fact this development is so close to the city centre is an added bonus.”
He added, “Any retention or creation of office space is to be welcomed, especially in these difficult and challenging times. I take my hat off to him and hope the project is a success.”
The project is scheduled to be complete by March 2010.