Historic Buildings: Top Ten Sites for Serviced Offices
A business centre located at Windsor Great Park, near Winkfield – Berkshire
Serviced offices occupy some of the world’s most prestigious buildings, including landmarks such as New York’s Empire State Building, the aptly named ‘Gherkin’ in London, and Kuala Lumpur’s picture-postcard Petronas towers.
But serviced offices are not just suited to prestigious skyscrapers and glass-walled towers. Historic buildings provide an excellent location for business centres, and the officebroker.com database is full of period buildings and protected heritage properties – ranging from ancient abbeys and country mansions to Victorian schoolhouses and historic halls.
So we’ve picked out a list of our Top Ten Historic Buildings from around the UK. Each of these properties are unique in their own way and offer a superb business environment in a historical setting. But the list is not exhaustive, so if you wish to add to it, use the comment box below or email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Located in the midst of 3750 acres of parkland and forestry, this business centre is housed within a historic site that was built around 1750. Based to the east of Stirling and nestled within the stunning Touch Hills, the centre occupies what was once a cluster of stables belonging to the estate. Originally used for horses and carriages, the stables later became a milking parlour, before giving way to workshops, garages, and now serviced offices.
East Stirling, Scotland: Located in 3750 acres of parkland in the Touch Hills.
The stables have been fully renovated, and the conversion itself was supported by Historic Scotland to retain the period qualities of the site.
This superb hall and country estate is located at the southern tip of the Yorkshire Dales, just outside of Skipton, and is based within 3,000 acres of landscaped grounds and parkland. The main building dates back to the late 16th century, and the complex has been developed and restored over the years to create a first-rate location for business use. The award winning park offers a range of workspace suitable for any size or scope of business, and the site’s attractive heritage buildings ensure excellent first impressions for visitors.
Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire: A country hall dating back to 1240.
Located between Newark-on-Trent and Mansfield in 1000 acres of Nottinghamshire farmland, this country hall offers an attractive location with excellent amenities for the business user. Dating back to 1240, the site – which was once a deer park gifted to the Archbishop of York – has been fully refurbished and offers a hi-tech business centre, combining original features such as fireplaces and oak beams, with the latest communications technologies.
Dating from 1761, this superb site is set in 2000 acres of extensive landscaped gardens and has a fascinating history. Before it became serviced offices, the hall was the seat of the Shirley family for over 500 years before being used by the army during and after the Second World War, for which it housed prisoners of war. It was later occupied by the Sue Ryder hospice before being bought and renovated by the current owners. Today, the estate provides services offices, studio and workshop space, along with modern amenities including meeting rooms and the latest technology.
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire: Set in 2000 acres, dating back to 1761.
This business centre is located in a Victorian building in a sprawling 17-acre estate at Haseley, near Hatton, on the edge of historic Warwick. The property dates back to 1878 but the estate itself has roots in the 11th century, later becoming Crown Property under Henry VII in 1487. Henry Tudor’s granddaughter then gave the estate away in 1533 and the site then changed hands several more times. Today, the current owners have developed the building as a business and conference centre, offering quality amenities in picture-postcard surroundings with excellent views from all offices.
Located within a unique Grade II listed building, this business centre at Castle Court, on Cathedral Road, offers a superb setting combined with an excellent city centre location. Overlooking the Sophia Gardens and opposite Bute Park, the property offers attractive views and memorable first impressions, thanks to the magnificent arch-way entrance and period features.
Nestled in the heart of Thames Valley, on the edge of Windsor Great Park in 55 acres of parkland, this stunning property offers business services on a grand scale. Formerly owned by Belgian ambassador Jean van de Weyer, the building was designed by architect Thomas Talbot Bury, who was widely known for his Gothic architecture in the style of master architect, Augustus Pugin. The property was built on the site of a sixteenth century hunting lodge in Windsor Forest.
Royal Mint Court, London: Built in 1807 to house the Royal Mint.
This Grade II listed building was once the home of the Royal Mint and was designed by architects James Johnson and Sir Robert Smirke. The building itself was initially planned by the committee of King George III in 1798, although construction didn’t start until 1807. Once in use, the building set the scene for the manufacture and minting of coins for almost 170 years; then in 1975 minting was officially ceased there and the process was transferred to a new location in Wales. Previously, the Royal Mint had been located within the Tower of London for over 500 years.
Today, Royal Mint Court offers a unique and prestigious setting for businesses, complete with a landscaped courtyard and a superb blend of classical and contemporary finishes throughout the interior of the property.
Yeovil, Somerset: A converted manor house that has been traced back to 1400.
This 18th century Grade II listed mansion is a superb example of Georgian architecture. Completed in 1795, the building was designed by the reputable architect James Wyatt and built on the site of a former Tudor farmstead. Located in the heart of rolling Wiltshire countryside amid 50 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland, the setting provides excellent views from the offices and a pleasant environment for business use.
This business centre is situated on the site of a historic Grade I listed property, and a barn which is scheduled as an Ancient Monument. Curiously, although referred to as The Abbey, the main building is actually a converted manor house.
The story behind the building’s name started in 1841 when the owner in question, Lady Georgiana Fane, inherited the estate and was convinced that her lands had once been monastic property. Lady Fane first changed the farm’s name to Abbey Farm, and then started proceedings against the Tithe Commissioners to prove her point, and therefore avoid paying taxes on the property. After five years Lady Fane lost the case – the Farm had never been Abbey property, but the name has survived.
The manor house has been traced back to 1400, and today, the complex has been restored to its former glory with many period features retained.
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