Evans invests in Horsforth commercial scheme

Evans Property Group has confirmed that it is investing £600K in transforming its Woodside House commercial development in Horsforth, resulting in the existing occupiers committing to the building with new leases and the appointment of Carter Towler to market the available accommodation.

Woodside House is a 13,500 sq ft commercial scheme on Low Lane in Horsforth. The property has been a long-term investment for Evans Property Group who is now undertaking a comprehensive refurbishment programme to fully upgrade the internal accommodation as well as introducing a new bike store, shower facilities and a more efficient M&E system.

I to I, a global leader in short course training in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL/TESOL), has signed a new lease for 3,820 sq ft on the 2nd floor which is now fully refurbished and Swinton Insurance has signed a new lease for 7,700 sq ft over the 1st and ground floors within the building which will be transformed by April.

The refurbishment of the final lower ground floor suite will be completed at the end of June and Evans has instructed Carter Towler to market this 2,200 sq ft space.

Catherine Godfrey, Property Manager at Evans Property Group, said; “Woodside House has always been a popular location for tenants and the investment into comprehensively upgrading the space will create modern, high quality accommodation with additional facilities for our valued occupiers. The newly available space being marketed by Carter Towler brings a fresh offering to the local market and would suit a variety of occupiers looking for modern, central accommodation in an established commercial location.”

Woodside House occupier I to I has trained over 135,000 people to teach English overseas since its inception in 1994 and offers a variety of training options, from online to classroom-based, including courses accredited by the British Council.  In addition to the Horsforth office, I to I has offices in Ireland and Australia.

Peter Mummery, Managing Director at I to I, continued; “Woodside House has proven to be a great location for our UK office and the upgraded space has created an enhanced working environment for our staff and customers to enjoy. Being in the heart of Horsforth means that we are easy to find and have all the shops and amenities on our doorstep and we look forward to enjoying continued commercial success from this base.”