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Grant will give hall a bigger business hub

Gillian Hall (middle) board member for rural affairs for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership with Dissington Hall owners Michael and Gill Brown

Gillian Hall (middle) board member for rural affairs for the North East Local Enterprise Partnership with Dissington Hall owners Michael and Gill Brown

A wedding and conference venue on the edge of Ponteland has secured a major funding boost.

The grant of £132,866 from the North East Rural Growth Network will enable Dissington Hall to restore and renovate the top floor of the building, last used by the army in the Second World War, in order to create nine new office units.

The hall has experimented with the provision of limited offices on the first floor that have demonstrated the potential of this location. Existing businesses include a professional photographer, a land agent, a PR company, biometric security, an IT trainer and an accountant.

Tenants will be offered a range of leases, with the added benefits of wi-fi/broadband, free parking and flexible access to the office units. In addition, a range of business events will be promoted.

Gill Brown, who owns Dissington Hall with her husband Michael, said: “For years we have been working to revive Dissington Hall. The renovation of the top floor of the building is the final stage of this process and the issues we faced in doing this couldn’t have been addressed without the help from the North East Rural Growth Network.

“The grant assistance will enable us to install a new fire escape staircase and enable access to the top floor and the opportunity to create nine new office units.”

Renovation works will soon get underway and they are due to be completed in September. The top floor development will become a significant new addition to the enterprise hubs supported under the Government’s Rural Growth Network pilot programme.

An existing meeting room on the first floor of the building will also be renovated as part of the project.

 

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