Duchy welcomes new tenant

Crewe Hall Farm

The Duchy of Lancaster has welcomed its seventh tenant to Crewe Hall Farm, a contemporary office development located just three miles from junction 16 of the M6.

2X Software, which provides virtual computing software, has signed a five-year lease for 1,731 sq ft of office space at ‘The Smithy’, one of six buildings at the converted 19th century farmstead. The agreement means that the prestigious new development is now two-thirds let, with just 8,461 sq ft remaining.

“Our move to Crewe Hall Farm will help us to accommodate our growing staff numbers,” said Paul Robinson, UK managing director of 2X. “Our new office has a modern, flexible layout that will support our rapid growth. Its close proximity to the M6 and West Coast rail is also a key benefit as many of our global staff, partners and customers will visit the offices for meetings and regular training courses.”

Nick Dart, surveyor of lands for the Duchy of Lancaster, added: “Crewe Hall Farm is one of our largest commercial developments, so it is satisfying to see the site nearly full. Its unique rural appeal, excellent transport links and high specification design have continued to attract businesses of all sizes.”

Owned by the Duchy of Lancaster since 1936, Crewe Hall Farm was originally tenanted as a dairy farm, converting later to an arable holding, producing cereals and potatoes.

The farm buildings have been sympathetically restored into high specification offices featuring many of the original architectural features such as stone staircases, exposed timber beams and brickwork, grain hoists and even false window openings. There is also a new-build property which echoes the architectural styling and traditional materials of the rest of the scheme.

Crewe Hall Farm provides a total of 27,500 sq ft of office space with individual suites ranging from 768sq ft (71sq m) to 2,590sq ft (240sq m). Lamont Commercial is the agent for the scheme.