Manor House converted to modern office space at the heart of County Durham

The Manor House in Sedgefield has served as a home, council headquarters and magistrates' court but now is a modern office

The Manor House in Sedgefield which has been converted to modern office space
The Manor House in Sedgefield which has been converted to modern office space

A historic building at the heart of a County Durham town is set to become a new business centre following a change in ownership.

The 18th Century Manor House in Sedgefield has been purchased by business partners Ean Parsons and Ian Philipson who have transformed it into Manor House 1707, a centre with up to 17 rooms available to rent as office space and for meetings and events.

Built in 1707, the Grade II listed building has served as a home, council headquarters and magistrate’s court.

The building has been well maintained and has undergone extensive internal refurbishments, retaining many of its original features,

Manor House has individual offices ranging in size from 120sqft to 375sqft and suites on one floor, up to a size of 1,800sqft. The total office space in the building is 6,000sqft.

Each office comes with an allocation of spaces in the Manor House’s car park and other facilities available including meeting and events rooms, a modern coffee room, archiving facilities in the cellar and access to a range of on-site business support services – administrative, secretarial, and marketing and PR.

The building has a full telecoms infrastructure in place and fibre optic broadband is now live in Sedgefield.

Both furnished and unfurnished offices are available on flexible terms, with negotiable lease lengths and notice periods.

Ean Parsons, managing director of Manor House 1707, said: “We are delighted to take ownership of the Manor House, which is a magnificent building, and we have a wonderful opportunity to turn it into a thriving business hub at the heart of the community.

“Sedgefield is a great place to live and work and is well located in County Durham and for the wider North East, with easy links to Tyneside and Teesside.

“The local economy is growing, thanks to developments at the likes of NETPark on the edge of the town.

“Facilities in this building are excellent and firms which take space in the Manor House will have easy access to all local amenities, which include plenty of good food and drink outlets.

“One suite and one office have already been taken and there has been strong interest from several other companies and individuals.”

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