Derelict Victorian lace mill transformed into creative business hub

Two sisters from Nottingham have worked together to transform a derelict Victorian lace mill in Carrington into a multi-purpose business centre.

After two years in the making, Business HQ has opened its doors to Nottingham’s professional community.

Business HQ offer co-working spaces, a virtual office system, a meeting room that seats 16, communal areas, and fully serviced private offices that accommodate teams of up to 20.

The building on Oak Street dates back to 1882, with traces of its industrial history scattered throughout its design.

Sisters Kim and Alex Gammon have taken charge of the project.

Kim, executive manager at Business HQ, said: “There is a real demand in Nottingham for flexible and high-end office spaces. With my background in graphic design, I envisioned a creative space that worked for freelancers and businesses alike. This has really come to life in what you can see around you.

“We have links with the Creative Quarter in Nottingham and together aim to make the centre a hive for budding professionals, and the mailbox service allows people to work independently, with the communal and meeting areas lending space for exchange and innovation.”

Law firm Fraser Brown supported Business HQ, which falls under the umbrella of RCS Filling Machines Ltd, with the acquisition of the properties.

The team also secured a loan on behalf of the business from Barclays to help assist with the renovation costs.

Liam Wilkinson, associate in the commercial property team at Fraser Brown, said: “Business HQ is an exciting new addition to the city and will provide more space for local firms to grow and prosper. After two years of renovations, it is fantastic to see the outcome of this scheme, which looks incredible.

“The property was the perfect fit for Business HQ, which now also has an additional workshop to the side of the building which works perfectly for RCS Filling Machines. I’d like to wish Kim and her team the best of luck in what I’m sure will be a vibrant business centre.”