A NEW commercial development in the heart of Stokesley has combined 19th century architecture with contemporary design in a £500,000 project.
The Church House on College Square in the North Yorkshire town was unused for many years before undergoing an extensive renovation by Richmond-based building firm newroc, who are heritage specialists.
It now has four shops around a courtyard on the ground floor with flexible office space on the first floor that can accommodate between one and four businesses.
Stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley has agreed to take the whole of the second floor.
The original building dates from 1834 with an extension added in 1910 and it has historic features from its days as a Sunday School. The property has been owned by the Devereux family for many years.
Mike Devereux said: “We were determined to offer businesses high-quality work spaces and to reinvigorate this end of the town. We considered three building contractors but when we saw newroc’s work on some prestigious heritage projects in the region, we knew they had the skills and approach to do an exceptional job on The Church House.”
Neil Burniston, investment manager at Redmayne-Bentley, said: “The builders really pulled out the stops to get us in early and we’re loving being in The Church House.
“The renovation has been done beautifully; it has everything we need and is a great environment to work in.
“We’re looking forward to new neighbours bringing even more life to the building, which is a fabulous piece of history in the heart of Stokesley.”