An historic Lichfield building has been given “a new lease of life” after a refurbishment project was completed.
The Grade II* Listed Stowe House has become home to four businesses after the work by Pergola Ltd which began in 2016.
The building dates back to 1750 and was a residential building until the Second World War when it was taken over by the army before Belmont School in Sussex was evacuated to the site.
In 1951, it was turned into a nurse’s home for the Victoria and St Michael’s hospitals, before the house became a management training centre for the Birmingham Hospital Board in 1969 until the sale of the site in 2016.
Representatives from Lichfield District Council, including the deputy leader Cllr Iain Eadie, were invited for a special guided tour of the refurbished property.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to visit Stowe House and talk to those who have been involved in the project,” Cllr Eadie said.
“An important building, with its own history down the years has been given a new lease of life and benefited from a significant amount of work.
“Hearing that the offices have all been taken by business who have chosen to move to Lichfield, shows the appeal of working and living in our district.
“The agents have signalled there is a high demand from businesses of all shapes and sizes for premises in our district, something we can look at going forward into 2020 and beyond.
“The developers have given everyone who will be working in Stowe House a beautiful setting, with unrivalled views.”
The new lettings were completed by Burley Browne Chartered Surveyors, who acted as agents in the original sale of Stowe House to Pergola in 2016.
Associate director, Ben Nicholson, said: “Following its significant and sympathetic refurbishment, Stowe House arguably provides the most desirable office accommodation in Lichfield.
“We are thrilled to have been able to secure tenants for all of the accommodation which has coincided with completion of the works and it is pleasing to see that the significant investment made by the owners will safeguard the future of such an iconic building in Lichfield.
“Lichfield continues to appeal as a desirable business destination which has been demonstrated here at Stowe House with all of the occupiers relocating from outside of the district.”