Out of Town Profile: Historic mill attracts tenants

LETTINGS have already been secured at an historic West Yorkshire mill following its transformation into office space.

Commercial property developer St James Securities has completed the restoration of the 1812 building at Wheatley Park on the outskirts of Mirfield.

The company has secured four lettings in the three-storey 5,800 sq ft building.

St James’ set out to turn Wheatley Park, formerly known as Hopton Mills, into a rural office park.

The 18th century Watermill, adjacent to the 1812 building, has also been refurbished and extended. Half of the 25,000 sq ft office space there has already been let.

Oliver Quarmby of St James Securities said: “We are especially pleased by the success of Wheatley Park because we took the unusual step of building speculatively in the middle of the deepest recession since the Second World War.

“We have obtained planning permission for the conversion of a further two buildings to offices and they will be built out on a sequential basis. We are now on course to create a thriving, highly-regarded business environment at Wheatley Park.”

The expanding waste recycling business Sunersol has signed a deal to take 1,065 sq ft in the 1812 building, joining Normal TM, an interior architecture company, marketing consultants Purebrand Creative Communications and a science company.

Office space of 2,400 sq ft, divided into three suites, is still available to lease, while 12,100 sq ft is available at the restored Watermill, where Camira Fabrics has taken 13,000 sq ft.

The agents for Wheatley Park are Hanson Chartered Surveyors of Huddersfield and Leeds-based Michael Steel & Co.