Leading marketing agency buys building to create space for growing team

04th Nov

Sowden + Sowden says the development, formerly an 18th-century carriage house and stable on the Weir in Hessle, will be completely revamped into a bespoke headquarters that will boost the agency’s capability to deliver even more outstanding results for their clients, as well creating a welcoming and inspiring space for staff.
The updated 280 sq m site will house two substantial open-plan office spaces, two further office spaces, a large meeting room, communal kitchen area and an expansive courtyard for outdoor working and socialising.
The renovation project is already well under way, with plans for the team to move in during the first quarter of 2021, subject to Covid-19 regulations.
Polly Sowden, director, said: “We’re thrilled to have purchased this amazing development opportunity via PPH Commercial which is steeped in history and gives us the opportunity to live by our ethos, a business that’s built on a culture of creativity and doing things differently.
“I’m proud to build something from the bottom up and looking forward to creating a truly special space from which we continue our journey as an outstanding agency. By updating and redesigning the building to play to our strengths, we’ll support our incredible team to continue delivering the very best results for all our clients, both on our doorstep and across the globe.”
The move strengthens Sowdens’ connection to the area, with the agency previously having offices at nearby Hesslewood Country Office Park. The renovation is being managed by local independent firm AEB Architecture and Design, forging a natural partnership between the two family-owned companies.
The bespoke office space will also serve to provide more flexible and spacious premises as the agency looks to bring on new talent over the coming months, to drive further growth following the acquisition of some major new accounts.
Paul Sowden, founder and managing Director, said: “As soon I as I saw the building, it reminded me of a London mews from the 1960s. The site was originally constructed in the 1860s, but we’re really looking forward to modernising it for the 21st century as a centre for innovative, world-class marketing. It’s going to be very exciting… so watch this space!”
The property was converted into a builders yard in 1975, with extensions and the first floor added in 1986. 

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