Estate Management Company Named as New Stratton House Owners
12:39pm 10th July 2013
(Updated 2:18pm 10th July 2013)
A Bournemouth property company has bought the old West Dorset District Council offices in Dorchester.
A sale was agreed for Stratton House last month and the buyer was announced this lunchtime (10th July).
Stratton House developments Ltd is a subsidiary company of Culverdene Properties who've been running since 1995.
They bought the site for just over £1.5 million, that's less than the Council asking price.
A spokesperson for the development company told Wessex-FM: "We're exploring a few options at the moment and working with the Council on how Stratton House can be used in the future. It will definitely be used as a space for residential living and we're keen to make the most of the amazing features it possesses. We're really passionate about old buildings with lots of character and want to make the most of this amazing place in the local community. It's a listed building so we obviously won't be knocking it down."
Dorchester's historic Shire Hall is not included in the sale and the district council is leading a project to see the building developed into a high quality heritage attraction.
Leader of West Dorset District Council, Robert Gould said:
"I am pleased to announce that the Stratton House campus has now been sold.
"This marks the end of the project to relocate West Dorset District Council to smaller, cheaper and greener offices at South Walks House.
"Although the sale amount is lower than originally expected, the council was not reliant upon the sale of the Stratton House campus to fund the building of South Walks House.