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Property Conversions: Top 10 Serviced Office Transformations

Property Conversions: Top 10 Serviced Office Transformations
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This iconic converted Chapel in Leatherhead forms one of our Top Ten converted offices

Today, the UK is packed with modern office buildings, glass-fronted tower blocks and swish cutting-edge landmarks. But for some, itΓÇÖs not all about mod cons and the latest architectural design.

Peppering the length and breadth of the British Isles is the serviced office industry’s answer to ‘recycling’ – namely, converting a disused or unappreciated property into a usable, professional space that provides a flexible solution for start-ups and SMEs.

There are hundreds to choose from, each with different facilities, great locations, and its own unique story of existence. We have identified 10 which we think top the bill – but the reality is much, much longer.

So if you want to bring a particular building to our attention, share your thoughts by leaving a comment below or email your favourite serviced office property conversion to news@officebroker.com.

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Top 10 Property Conversions

Converted Chapel: Leatherhead, Surrey

This iconic converted Chapel retains many period features, such as original stained glass windows, stone columns and towering gothic arches. Even the original organ and pews are still located within the Chapel, having been carefully restored into eye-catching features around the property.

Other period details such as woodblock flooring, oak panelling and the original reredos with marble surround grace this former Chapel, combining to create a unique and very special open-plan office environment.

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Former Victorian school in Mexborough, Yorkshire

Many mod-cons have been installed to enable business as usual, including air conditioning, fast Wi-Fi internet and private meeting rooms. There is also an excellent support network on offer, with assistance from receptionists, on site IT personnel and admin assistance.

Victorian School Conversion: Mexborough, Yorkshire

This former Victorian Grammar School is set in landscaped grounds in an attractive rural location. The centre is located within an impressive building with many period features still intact, ranging from large windows and archways to exposed beams on the interior of the property.

Office space is available to rent with many key facilities on offer, including meeting rooms, on site car parking, a staffed reception and telephone answering services.

Former Lace Factory: Nottingham

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An 1850s former lace factory in Nottingham

This former lace factory offers a superb range of serviced offices as well as studio and design space, thanks to owners Ashwan and Petra Chander, who have lovingly carried out careful end-to-end restoration throughout the entire property.

The building dates back to 1850 and was used for the production of lace – the fabric that Nottingham became famous for. Today, restoration and refurbishment work is still on-going in some parts of the factory, and the latest developments revealed a fascinating maze of tunnels and underground passageways.

Find out more about the property in our feature-length article about the lace factory renovations here.

Converted Textile Mill: Ancoats, Manchester

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This office was once a textiles mill and still has the machinery to prove it

There are many hundreds of former mills gracing the towns, cities and landscapes of the UK, many of which have now started a new life as serviced office space. We thought this one was a shining example of how traditional architecture has been maintained and reworked to benefit both local businesses and the serviced office industry alike.

Located in Ancoats, a redeveloped industrial region of Manchester, this former working mill nestles among a collection of historic buildings that were developed in the 1800s and early 1900s for textiles production. Today, the area has been awarded conservation status and is being considered as a World Heritage Site.

The property itself overlooks the newly renovated Rochdale canal and retains many period features – which even includes a number of machines from its industrial past.

Barn Conversion: Henley in Arden, Warwickshire

This lovingly restored property was once a tumble-down Victorian cowshed. Located amongst rolling hills and landscaped grounds, this former barn was rescued from dereliction and given a new lease of life in 2006 as a serviced office property.

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These old Victorian cow sheds have been transformed into serviced offices

It accompanies several other attractive red-brick buildings from the same era, all of which have been carefully restored and re-developed to a high standard whilst still maintaining many period features, not to mention bags of character. They are also set back from the road, creating a tranquil and secure environment.

Former Vicarage: Wakefield, Yorkshire

130 years ago, this property was built to house the local parish vicar. The building was converted in 1983, and today, this 19th century vicarage has been sympathetically renovated to provide serviced office space for Wakefield businesses.

Located on a private driveway in the town centre, the property fronts onto a quiet park and offers a secluded yet convenient location, with easy access to local shops and cafes. The M1 is also nearby, while the Wakefield Kirkgate and Wakefield Westgate train stations are both less than half a mile away.

Converted Fire Station: City of London, Tabernacle Street

This business centre is located in a former Victorian fire station, which has been converted and carefully refurbished to maintain the perfect balance between period charm and modern conveniences. The building retains many original features, and a number of stylish new additions have been made such as an open atrium at its core.

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Heywood’s old Police Station and Magistrates Court now serve as serviced office space

Located just minutes from Old Street Tube station between the financial district and Camden, the property occupies a great location with plenty of nearby transport options.

Old Police Station: Heywood, Lancashire

Heywood’s former Police Station and Magistrates Court underwent a ┬ú1m refurbishment to transform it into a quality business and enterprise centre.

The property has been carefully refurbished and many original features remain virtually untouched. The large courtroom is now used as conference, meeting or exhibition space, and the original cell doors, complete wth locks and viewing grills, are kept proudly on display next to the new reception area. The conversion retains much of the buildingΓÇÖs character, complete with many modern facilities.

On a visit to the area in late 2008, the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Robin Parker, commented: “I was also really impressed by The Old Police Station and the enterprise opportunities that have been created there.”

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This unusual business centre is located in a working boatyard on the River Thames

Former Stable Block & Hay Loft: Kirklington, Nottinghamshire

This old stable block and hay loft have been fully refurbished and now provide an attractive environment for businesses, with a superb rural location near the village of Kirklington, between Newark-on-Treat and Mansfield.

With many original features such as exposed beams and brickwork still intact, this property offers a unique business environment with many modern conveniences available, including furnished offices, meeting rooms and an on-site café restaurant.

River Thames Boathouse: Hampton, Middlesex

This unusual business centre is located within a former boathouse, situated in an attractive location on the River Thames.

The boathouses were originally built in the 1800s by Charles Constable, and the property is located within a working boatyard that still owns and uses an 1872 Charles Constable skiff, thought to be the oldest traditional skiff in the world.

Office space is available to rent in this unique location with many key amenities on offer, including meeting rooms, Wi-Fi access and security features.

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To find out more about any of these converted office properties, visit www.officebroker.com or call one of our experts on 0800 111 6 444.

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