Company decision to move across Hull casts doubt over future of office complex

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Jul 2018

A gas storage firm’s decision to move across Hull to Hessle’s booming Bridgehead Business Park has cast doubt over the future of a prestigious office complex.

St Augustine’s Park in Hedon was until last year home to Centrica Storage, but the company’s move last December has left a big hole to be filled.

The building’s owner, Mike Bryan, has admitted the long-term future of St Augustine’s Park is “still up in the air,” but a new major tenant would come as a huge boost for Hedon.

Mr Bryan said: “In my opinion, the site is ideal for an occupant who needs everything to be under one roof – like a doctor’s surgery, health centre or office-based business.

“Renewable energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors in this area and this office is in a perfect location for the back-office administration which is often associated with production.

“Hopefully, it won’t be too long before its future is assured because it’s a bit of a hidden gem with a lot of untapped potential.”

The development, on the southside of Hull Road, was most recently used as the regional headquarters for Centrica, but is now available and being marketed by PPH Commercial.

With more than 10,000sqft of high-quality office space, the two-storey purpose-built complex has 70 private car parking spaces and can comfortably accommodate 110 people.

Benefiting from lift access, state-of the-art CCTV, a back-up mains electricity supply, air conditioning and a superb central entrance leading into a main reception, the space would be perfect for anyone operating in the office, healthcare or service sectors.

Mr Bryan said: “I’m fairly open minded about the future of St Augustine’s Gate and I’m obviously open to any interesting offers.

“Although I’m keen to see the building occupied and in use, I want it to be a deal that’s in the best interests of Hedon and its economic future.

“I’m confident that will happen, it’s just a case of waiting for the right deal to come along.”

Centrica Storage moved to a new high-tech office at the Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle at the end of 2017.

The company heralded the move as “a major leap forward,” and said it had outgrown its former home.

The landowner of St Augustine’s Park would also be prepared to consider a sale of the freehold interest, but only if a suitable occupier comes to the fore.

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