Plans Unveiled for Auction House Move in Dorchester
8:14am 18th December 2013
Dukes Auctioneers have unveiled ambitious plans to create a state of the art auction complex in the heart of Dorchester.
What is one of the county's oldest businesses has acquired the freehold of Pullham Court next to the Brewery Square development.
Dukes plan to transform the currently redundant office building, which has parking for 80 cars into an auction house with galleries and catering facilities.
Externally the building will be given a face lift to improve its appearance and give it a contemporary edge ,which harmonises with Brewery Square. Dukes are being advised by award winning architects John Stark and Crickmay Partnership, and landscaping will be overseen by a Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner.
West Dorset MP, Oliver Letwin commented:
" I am delighted to hear of these plans to bring an old redundant office building back to life. This is great news for Dorchester!"
The scheme has also won approval from the Head of Development at Poundbury. Simon Conibear commented:
"We see this as a continuation of the renaissance of the county town."
Former CEO of Eldridge Pope , Jeremy Pope JP OBE , who is a trustee at the Bovington Tank Museum and The Jurassic Coast Trust commented:
"I am delighted to learn of Dukes expansion plans which are certain to have a positive impact on the local economy".
Lord Fellowes of West Stafford (otherwise known as Julian Fellowes, the Oscar winning playwright and author) commented:
"We are so pleased that Duke's are planning to expand into the Brewery Square development. It is already our favourite place to search for works of art and knick-knacks alike, so this can only bring more opportunities to find buried treasure. It is good news for Dorchester and for us. Emma and I wish them well."