Inside the former Hull brewery now converted into offices

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 30 Apr 2019

The landlords of an historic Hull brewery which has been converted into an office hope it will bring another major business to the city.

Anchor House, which forms part of The Maltings complex in Hull city centre, has undergone a major refurbishment in recent years.  Once the home of the Hull Brewery Company, the company was later taken over by Northern Dairies in 1972.

Brewing at the Silvester Street site stopped in 1985, but now the building has been converted into a complex of office space.

The third floor suite of the building is now on the market, with the hope of attracting another big employer to Hull.

Sarah Cooper, portfolio manager at landlord Catalyst Capital, said: “The historic former brewery building obviously has lots of character so we’ve tried to be sympathetic in our improvements – by adding LED lighting and opening up the ceilings – to enhance its natural features and charm.

The Maltings development was once home to the Hull Brewery Company (Harry Archer)

“In its previous condition, the offices were a bit dated and almost unlettable but we’ve now created a lovely, modern open-plan environment which is perfect for a new business or one which wants to relocate.

“We’ve already enjoyed reasonable levels of interest and we’re confident we can attract a prestigious tenant in the near future.”

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The Hull Brewery Company was founded in 1888.  The business expanded initially, and by 1890 owned more than 150 pubs.

However trade was hit hard by the two World Wars, as many of the company’s properties were damaged or destroyed during the Blitz.

The Maltings development was once home to the Hull Brewery Company (Harry Archer)

In 1972, Northern Dairies bought the business, and it became North Country Breweries.  A decline in consumption led to it being sold to Mansfield Brewery in the 1980s, and production ceased in 1985.

Now, part of the historic building is up for grabs.

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The third-floor suite is the latest to be marketed by PPH Commercial after a near £400,000 investment by owner Catalyst Capital.

During the past two decades, the Maltings has attracted a wide range of regional and national companies.

The Maltings complex was once home to the Hull Brewery Company

In the last 12 months, Leeds-based re-mortgage giant Enact Conveyancing and Vertual – a leading UK provider of virtual reality training in radiation therapy – have both chosen Anchor House as their new Hull headquarters.

Ben Cooper, from PPH, praised landlords Catalyst Capital for its speculative investment in the building.

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He said: “Catalyst is a forward-thinking landlord which is willing to commit to speculative investment because it’s seen how successful this strategy has been by attracting ambitious companies like Enact and Vertual.

“Although this type of investment does come with an element of risk because there is no guaranteed tenant to occupy the refurbished space, it’s great to see that Catalyst has huge faith in the city and its economy.

The Maltings development was once home to the Hull Brewery Company (Harry Archer)

“I believe the company should be praised for adopting this strategy because it provides a significant boost for Hull and its residents by helping to create new much-needed jobs.

“Hopefully, the success that this speculative investment has enjoyed will give other commercial property owners the confidence to do likewise.”

With more than 10,000sqft of space available, the Anchor House suite – which can be divided up into smaller office spaces if required – would be ideal for a call centre, professional business or any company working in the creative sector.

To find out more about the space available at Anchor House, call 01482 626912.

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