Successful diversification for traditional Cheshire Estate

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Successful diversification for traditional Cheshire Estate

June 2016

Hapsford Hall

Hapsford Hall is an 18th century Grade II Listed building owned as part of the Barnston Estate.  The owners have been management clients of the Chester office of Fisher German and prior to the merger, Denton Clark, for many years. The Estate is steeped in history in the area and is well respected.  

Coming from a predominately agricultural core of properties its owners have identified the need to adapt and change over the years and is now a mix of residential, commercial and agricultural with an emphasis on driving forwards to explore regeneration opportunities and other diversifications including renewable energy.  

The Estate extends to approximately 1,800 acres, which are largely to the south of Chester but with an area located in Hapsford, near Helsby. Until recently the ownership at Hapsford comprised farmland, farmhouse, range of traditional buildings, a commercially run composting site and a let residential cottage.  

A need to take the farmstead forward was identified, with the traditional buildings no longer being of viable use for farming and the farmhouse was a substantial three storey building. Planning permission was granted on 18 March 2013 for the change of use and conversion of Hapsford Hall from residential to office use, as well as conversion of the redundant barns to form 9 residential buildings, parking and communal open space areas.

It was decided to split the buildings with the traditional range being sold off and subsequently developed. The Hall was kept in hand and in 2014 an extensive, high standard refurbishment to office space was carried out.  

Marketing of the 3,467 sq ft office space then ensued and with the quality of the work and the excellent location of the property, being so close to the M56 and only 9 miles from Chester it was hoped that the property would let well.  

The property has now been successfully let by the Chester office having undergone a second planning application for change of use, but this time to a children’s nursery. On successful grant of the planning permission and negotiation of lease terms the lease commenced in April 2016.  The tenants are a franchise of the well-known and successful Banana Moon Day Nursery, which have locations all over the country. The property has been taken on a 15-year lease and after some internal works to fit it out to be suitable for a nursery it is set to open its doors on 2 July 2016.

The three floors of the building provide excellent opportunity for catering for a number of children from babies to pre-school age, with the different age group spread over the different floors.  This is the second children’s nursery on the Estate, with the other having opened last year in Farndon.  

For further information, contact Rachel Kirk on 01244 409678 or email here

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