Newspaper heralds new dawn for centre

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The Morpeth Herald is setting the trend when it comes to office accommodation.

For the development housing the newspaper’s new base has returned to full occupancy within a matter of months.

Less than a year ago seven of the 16 units at Telford Court in Loansdean were vacant, with few enquiries coming forward.

But after landlord the Northern Trust Company invested in refurbishment to modernise the business centre, the estate is now fully let, accommodating such organisations as Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust, Mental Health Matters (MHM) and Pearson Driving Assessments, in addition to Herald parent company Johnston Press taking three units last September.

Stephen Brown, Regional Property Director for Whittle Jones North East, which manages the estate, said: “It is widely recognised that the office market suffered badly throughout the recession and landlords were struggling to find potential occupiers.

“We have worked hard to improve the quality of premises available at Telford Court and the feedback we have received has been tremendous.

“Flexibility is key to any negotiation and we have taken great pleasure in helping to realise the specific requirements of our new occupiers in their preferred location.”

MHM has taken four units for an administration base and counselling rooms.

Corporate Resources Director Gillian Dobson said: “Our site at Telford Court will provide high quality and cost-effective facilities from which to manage countywide psychological therapies on behalf of the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group.”