Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has advised Fairhurst Ward Abbotts Limited on its freehold acquisition of a new headquarters located within the Thames Gateway.
Fairhurst Ward Abbotts is a highly reputable specialist building and decorating services company which holds a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen and for whom Thomson Snell & Passmore have acted since 2010.
In keeping with the company's restoration specialism, the new headquarters comprises the Chapel of St Luke at the regenerated former Stone House Hospital outside Dartford which is now a predominantly luxury apartment and housing development.
Advice was provided by Commercial Property Senior Associate Alex Lewsley.
The transaction saw the property decanted first from the Homes and Communities Agency to house builder PJ Livesey and then down to Fairhurst Ward Abbots. The transaction also involved a number of aspects which reflected the relatively unusual nature of the building, such as ensuring it had been deconsecrated.
The Chapel is Grade II listed and retains many original features such as external flint walling, tracery and stained glass windows. Fairhurst Ward Abbotts intend to restore and regenerate the building by internal conversion to provide a mezzanine level with spiral staircase and glass balustrade and stencil and timber handrails all of which will take advantage of the vaulted ceiling which will still be viewed from the ground floor. The new property will enable Fairhurst Ward Abbotts to showcase its skills, and I can’t wait to see the finished article.
Thomson Snell and Passmore is very pleased to have played its part in securing the new offices for our client which will contribute to the continued regeneration of the North Kent area of the Thames Gateway region.
Fairhurst Ward Abbotts was incorporated in 1941 and specialises, in particular, with restoration projects and related maintenance. Its portfolio of projects includes the National Gallery, the Queen's Chapel, the Science Museum, National Maritime Museum, the historic Royal Palaces and the Royal College of Surgeons. It offers its services to both public and private sectors, including local authorities, health authorities and education sectors.
The new headquarters is approximately half a mile from Junction 1A of the M25 (Dartford River Crossing) and therefore conveniently located for access to the A2/M2 and M20 for Central London or Channel Ports.