Historic mill transformed into new offices

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AN historic granary mill, formerly occupied by the York Council, has been refurbished to create modern offices.

East Yorkshire-based construction company Houlton spent £750,000 on refurbishing the 16,000 sq ft Mill House in North Street by the banks of the River Ouse.

North Yorkshire Police have signed a 30-year lease for 4,000 sq ft of office space on the ground floor.

Property agents Lawrence Hannah, of York, and London-based Behrens Sharp are marketing the rest of the space.

Miles Lawrence, of Lawrence Hannah, said: “The deal with North Yorkshire Police, which was concluded this week, is a ringing endorsement of the quality of the refurbishment of Mill House and its excellent location.

“The City of York Council had occupied Mill House since the late 1990s and inevitably it was in need of some tender loving care. The comprehensive refurbishment, which includes full air-conditioning, open plan offices, a brand-new reception area and lift, together with new kitchens and toilets, has created high-specification office space fit for the 21st century.

“Mill House’s location, within the heart of York city centre at the bottom of Micklegate with its junction to Bridge Street, is superb. There is generous and secure on-site parking, with cycle bays, and it is only a five-minute walk to York Station.”

There is 12,000 sq ft of office space available within the four-storey building.

“There has already been strong interest in the remaining space at Mill House, which is not surprising, because this is a special building,” said Mr Lawrence.

“York has traditionally not been very good at transforming its classic, period buildings into clean, modern open-plan offices. Mill House is an exception, and a remarkable one at that”.