Former hub for county council sold for £3m

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A BUILDING that acted as a hub for Suffolk County Council’s western operations has been sold for more than £3 million.

The Shire Hall complex in Raingate Street has been snapped up by M&D Developments Ltd.

The site was used to house staff from the county authority for about 30 years.

David Harris, managing director of M&D, has confirmed that the main block, known as New Shire Hall, will continue to be used for office space.

He said: “It’s in a fantastic position in the town centre with parking, which is quite a rarity.

“It’s an important site and we feel that there’s a requirement for that type of office accommodation.”

Agents Merrifields will let the main building as offices and are making parking spaces available for other businesses and residents in the town.

About 50 will be leased off initially, but bosses hope to have up to 100 available in the next few months to hire at a fixed fee.

There are plans for a ‘low key’ development of residential units at the back of the complex.

Parts of the site are to be sold off by Bedfords and Merrifields including the Weymed building, St Margarets building and the coach house.

The register office will remain on the site.

Mr Harris added: “In terms of the car parking made available to businesses, we do hope to increase that number depending on what the demand is.

“They’ve allocated plenty of parking for the offices and there will be additional spaces for other businesses on top of that.”

Gordon Ellis, a director at Merrifields, said: “The main office building is predominantly empty but there’s one tenant in it. It is going to be one of the biggest purpose-built office buildings available to the private market.

“It’s got good levels of car parking, great natural light, is in walking distance of the town centre, has good access to the A14 and is going to be a popular building.”