TWO businesses have moved out of town centre offices to set up home at a new business centre near Kirkby Lonsdale – and more could soon follow.
Former workshops at the Underley Estate have been converted into luxurious offices in a £600,000 scheme.
Felldale Law and DAY Architectural are the first firms to move in to the six-unit development, which has retained original stonework, woodwork and period windows around a landscaped courtyard. A second phase will take the overall size of the development to 25,000 sq ft.
DAY has moved from Manchester city centre, while Felldale Law has re-located from Burton-in-Kendal.
Underley Estate owner, Philip Pease, said: “We are delighted to welcome our new tenants and with how well the business centre has been received. Early indications are the development is going to be a great success and we are already in talks about plans for Phase II.
“We have created a significant quantity of versatile office space with ample car parking, in a peaceful rural setting.
“It offers the very best environment to work in and yet is within walking distance of the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale.
“Rural offices are becoming ever more popular and we feel the workspace generated here will be a huge asset to both the estate and local community.”
DAY Architectural specialises in student and private residential developments, specialist healthcare and commercial services and listed and rural properties. Explaining why the firm moved in, director Yogesh Luhar said: “We’ve chosen Underley Business Centre after years of successfully operating out of Manchester because it offers an attractive, commute-free alternative to Kendal and Lancaster where we found office space of a similar quality impossible to locate.”
Felldale Law – set up by Nigel Davis of Nigel Davis Solicitors and practice manager Rachel Capstick – was based in Burton-in-Kendal and has a wealth of agricultural clients.
Mr Davis said: “The office is easily accessible, it is in beautiful surroundings and is informal in atmosphere.”
The buildings previously housed workshops for more than 100 tradesmen employed on the estate, from foresters to joiners.
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