Former Harrogate Council site set for Grade A offices

Developer Hornbeam Park Developments has submitted plans for a former Harrogate Council building.

The Grade A offices will cover 18,500 sq ft at the Victoria Park House site.

The three floored building will be flexible for either a single tenant or smaller separate offices.

The developer said it would provide 150 permanent jobs with an estimated 120 jobs during the construction phase.

Harrogate Borough Council sold the Victoria Avenue building for £1m in January after it was put up for sale in 2017 following plans by the council to consolidate at Knapping Mount offices.

Chris Bentley, managing director of Hornbeam Park Developments said: “ We are pleased that the Council have supported our vision for an exciting new Grade A office statement building on this site, which will create a new benchmark in facilities for town centre offices and mirror those that are already available on Hornbeam Park. We hope to attract the most adventurous, high growth companies to Harrogate with this project.”

“Harrogate Town Centre has not seen a development of this quality for decades” said Chris Robbins of Robbins Associates, the company that are marketing the offices. “The town has unfortunately lost a huge amount of office space of all types to residential use, in the last 4 years as the result of planning changes.

“There is a pent up demand for prestige quality office space in the town centre and this new Victoria Park House will begin the process of addressing this demand. We are already in discussion with a number of companies about this building.

“It will establish a new benchmark in the town for prime offices and will hopefully secure the retention of existing companies, who would otherwise move to Leeds to get this quality of space or even attract new companies, out of Leeds to enjoy the superior lifestyle associated with working in Harrogate.”