Entrepreneur unveils plan to transform Beverley office building into 'prestigious' business centre
An office building in Beverley which was built more than 30 years is set to be converted into a brand new business centre.
Entrepreneur Tony Gartland has bought Waltham House which he first saw when he fitted the heating system for bar code specialist Kingstown Photocodes, which became KTP.
Kingstown Photocodes was founded in 1977 and became the UK’s first manufacturer of bar code film masters. The company moved to the purpose-built Waltham House, next to the River Hull in Beverley, before being sold to US-based Trenstar in 2001.
Tony was involved in fitting the heating system for Hull-based Neville Tucker and he remains a director of Neville Tucker Services Limited, which became independent in 2011.
His aim with Waltham House is to transform the the 22,000 sq ft of building into a ‘prestigious’ business centre.
Tony explained: “The building has changed a lot since we fitted that first heating system, and it enables us to offer a variety of business accommodation. They added a second office building and then a warehouse with offices.
“At the moment it’s about 80% offices and 20% warehousing. There are small and large office suites, call centre configurations, training rooms and presentation equipment, even phones and photocopiers.
“There’s an examination room with a sign on the door requesting silence. There’s a canteen and several kitchens and much of the furniture is in very good condition. The conference room can probably accommodate 100 people and there are 64 parking spaces with room to create more.
He added: “I always liked Waltham House from the first time I saw it and I want it to be a really prestigious site. I want to spruce it up and turn it into a building where people really want to be rather than just another place to rent. There is a lot of work to do but we have already got the decorators in for some parts of it.”
Paul White, agency director at Garness Jones, explained that the building was bought by a training charity, Deflog VQ Trust, after KTP moved out. It was then gifted to East Riding College, which then sold it.
Paul said: “There is a shortage of good office stock in Beverley, especially with this amount of parking. There is the potential to convert some of it into small industrial units, where there is also a lack of supply.
“Tony is very flexible and wants to make it right for his tenants. There is nothing like this in the Beverley area – it has wonderful views across the fields and along the River Hull and it even has berthing rights! We already have businesses interested and we have had enquiries about gym use, offices and industrial.”