York police have a stylish new home – an historic York granary mill. Mill House, next to the River Ouse in North Street, has been given a major makeover and the police are among its first tenants.
East Yorkshire construction company Houlton spent £750,000 on refurbishing the 16,000 sq ft Mill House after City of York Council moved out.
Following the refurbishment, North Yorkshire Police have signed a 30-year lease with Houlton for 4,000 sq ft of office space on the ground floor.
The offices will serve as the operational base for the York police, but are not open to the public. The police were previously in Clifford Street.
York property consultancy Lawrence Hannah and London agency Behrens Sharp have been appointed to market Mill House.
“The deal with North Yorkshire Police is a ringing endorsement of the quality of the refurbishment of Mill House and its excellent location,” said Miles Lawrence of Lawrence Hannah.
“The City of York Council had occupied Mill House since the late 1990s and inevitably it was in need of some tender loving care.
The refurb has added full air-conditioning, open plan offices, a reception area and lift, together with new kitchens and toilets.
Within the four-storey building 12,000 sq ft of office space remains available, with suites from 2,000 sq ft.
“York has traditionally not been very good at transforming its classic, period buildings into clean, modern open-plan offices. Mill House is an exception, and a remarkable one at that,” Miles added.