The city of Harrogate, North Yorkshire looks set for a bit of a transformation, as local entrepreneur Robert Fearnley has made a substantial £1.5million investment into state-of-the-art office space in the centre of town.

Img: Robert Fearnley (on-site at the new development)
The development, located at a site on 55 Grove Road, saw an old Methodist church being converted into workspace enough for up to 20 companies. The hope is that the provision of such space within Harrogate will dissuade companies from relocating to the nearby cities of Leeds and York.

Mr Fearnley said of the new development, “There has traditionally been a lack of high-quality town-centre office space in Harrogate and this has led to businesses moving out of the area, which has a knock-on effect on jobs and the local economy.

“With the development of 55 Grove Road I have set out to transform the business landscape in Harrogate by offering a new kind of working environment that doesn’t exist here at the moment.”

The offices, which will be marketed by Harrogate property firm FSS, are due to officially open this month. 25% of the available space has already been let to local businesses.

As for the space itself, Mr Fearnley has offered some insight into the features and facilities on offer. He said in a recent statement, “First off the building. We have converted what was once a Methodist Church, and have kept a number of its original features, most notably the curved entrance hall and the exposed brick arches which really give the wow effect when you enter the building.

“Great effort and thought has gone into all areas of the building, so whether it’s the main reception area, or toilet facilities, the design element flows throughout. We have also created a fantastic breakout area which would rival any modern high street cafe bar.

“It’s not all about the design though. We have put in numerous measures to ensure that the modern business can work effectively and efficiently. For example, the building is supplied with a number of broadband lines from different suppliers, so, in the event that a line goes down, we are able to temporarily transfer everyone to another line and ensure continued access to the internet.”

Harrogate consistently ranks among the best places to live in the UK, Fearnley asserts, and as such the provision of flexible working space could give the local economy a substantial boost while further improving the opportunities on offer to residents and jobseekers in the area.

Fearnley further revealed that he is in the process of assessing potential sites for similar developments in the city in the future.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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