THE refurbished courthouse in Grays opened its doors at the start of the year and on Friday, 29 January, a celebration of the new-look building is being held.
Thurrock Council has invested Â£3Â½ million – partly from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places Fund – so The Old Courthouse could open as a cutting edge Enterprise Centre.
Working with leading enterprise agency Nwes managing the project, it will provide support for start-up companies and existing businesses with the aim of it becoming a hub for business and economic growth in the area.
The Old Courthouse includes fully serviced workspaces, virtual tenancy, conference rooms and a full suite of business support services.
The flagship building, at the top of Grays High Street, has been refurbished in an urban-chic style, giving start-ups and SMEs the very best in fully-managed office space, with excellent links to the centre of London and the rest of East Anglia.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr John Kent, said: “The courthouse building has long been an icon at the bottom of the High Street in Grays, a lovely-looking building which will now be playing an integral part in the town’s bright future.
“When the Justice Department closed our Magistrates’ Court some years ago we worked really hard and found a way forward. I want to congratulate everyone involved from the council, the contractors and Nwes in bringing this project to fruition.”
John Balch, Strategic Director at Nwes, says he is “delighted” to see the centre completed, adding: “We’ve been providing serviced office space and business support for over five years just around the corner at the Thurrock Centre for Business in George Street and during that time we’ve seen a constant level of demand.
“Following this success, we’ve been working closely with the council to redevelop The Old Courthouse and are delighted with the finished result, which is a truly flagship building for the area.
“The exposed brickwork and unique style makes for a great setting for local businesses to grow and thrive.”
He added: “We already have a number of tenants in the centre and we are looking forward to being able to provide support for even more businesses from the area in the future.”
The building has been converted from a working courthouse with a maze of interview rooms, courts and holding cells to a site which offers light, modern offices, break-out areas, state-of the art kitchen facilities and executive meeting rooms.
It boasts 37 rentable offices with sizes ranging from 79ft2 to 1,098sq2 and joins the already established Thurrock Centre for Business to expand Nwes’ work in Grays.
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