A former office building in Kidderminster is set to be given a fresh lease of life as new homes, following a £385,000 sale deal sealed by property agents John Truslove.
New owners Mario Construction have secured planning permission to convert the former BT Building, at 75 Mill Street, into single-bedroom flats.
Mario Wojcik and his team aim to start work shortly on converting the distinctive three-storey office building into 13 individual apartments.
Jay Mann, from Mario Construction, said: “Our main focus as a building company is pre-fabricated homes but we work on conversions as well. We saw this property was up for sale and it was clear from the start it represented a significant opportunity, so we approached the property agents John Truslove.
“Ben Truslove was brilliant to work with, letting us see the building and communicating with us during the process so we always knew what was happening. It was a very positive experience.”
Ben Truslove, joint managing director at John Truslove, said: “There were a number of bids for this property but Mario and his team were clearly the best option for the owner.
“This is a mixed area of residential, commercial and retail properties and clearly lends itself to conversion from offices to homes, as shown by the Wyre Forest Council decision to grant planning permission for Mario Construction’s proposals.
“These new homes will help fill a continuing need in the Kidderminster and Wyre Forest area and we look forward to seeing the development taking shape.”
The vendor, a local property investor, was delighted with the outcome. “Having originally purchased the property for commercial use, Ben identified that the building would attract greater demand for residential conversion,” he said.
“I am pleased to have sold the former BT building to Mario Construction and look forward to seeing the building developed and brought back into use, providing much needed affordable homes in Kidderminster.”
He added: “Ben Truslove has acted for me on several projects and always provides a professional service and honest, sensible advice.”
The property, which was sold on an asking price of £385,000, is a detached three-storey property that has undergone some recent refurbishment and provides up to 6,616 sq ft of space.
The current layout provides two storey offices over workshop and storage facilities, fronting on to Mill Street. The basement provides 1,350 sq ft, the ground floor 2,629 sq ft and the first floor 2,635 sq ft. It also benefits from Tarmac-surfaced car parking at the front.