Mill conversion welcomes more tenants

Two companies have moved into Sunny Bank Mills, a complex between Leeds and Bradford.

These latest deals underline the renaissance of the site in Farsley, where YTV’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed. The new tenants are Technomed and White Rose Training.

Technomed has taken quality office space in the refurbished 10 Old Engine Room, while White Rose Training are moving into Red Lane Mill, which is now fully occupied.

Mark Pashley, of medical technology company Techomed, said: “The initial attraction of Sunny Bank Mills was the prime location, the local facilities, great transportation links and very reasonably-priced office and storage space.

“As a technology company, it was important to find somewhere that could support any connectivity needs we have not just now, but in future.

“Sunny Bank Mills were able to provide high-speed internet links and physical infrastructure that could facilitate our bespoke connections such as those to the NHS network.

“The move to Sunny Bank Mills for our Northern office is a fundamental building block in our expansion, which will include the ongoing addition of resources such as staff, warehouse space and technical infrastructure.

“Landlords John and William Gaunt have been a complete breath of fresh air, incredibly helpful and accommodating of both our business and staff needs.”

Ken Creek of White Rose Training, a First Aid and safety training company, working across the north of England, explained: “The location, just off the ring road between Leeds and Bradford, is a massive benefit, as is the decent amount of parking space.

“The office is the right size and, importantly, there are no additional hidden costs.

“We were looking for a suitable permanent base to hold regular open courses for businesses in the Leeds and Bradford area and Sunny Banks Mills is perfect.£

During the past seven years the mill complex has been transformed into a modern office complex. It is now home to 82 companies, who employ a total of 355 staff.

It features in a best-practice case study in a report Engines of Prosperity, on the conversion and regeneration of West Yorkshire’s textile mills prepared by Cushman and Wakefield for Historic England.

John Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank, said: “The recent lettings emphasise our focus on achieving a really vibrant mix of occupiers at Sunny Bank Mills. We are also proud of the fact that we have been able to let both these offices without any void periods.

“The refurbished 1912 Mill, where Heartbeat and Emmerdale were filmed, now has a number of quality occupiers, but 16,000 sq ft of very flexible Grade A office space is available to lease.”

The marketing agents for Sunny Bank Mills are Leeds-based property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips and the Leeds office of JLL.