Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky at the new Bayleys offices in Warkworth.
Bayleys in Warkworth has moved to a larger building to service the growing region.
The business moved into the art-deco building on the corner of Mill Lane and Queen Street on January 22, after months of renovations.
The new site is much larger than the old premises on Elizabeth Street, where it was based for the past nine years.
Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky says the more central location will give the business room to expand.
“We are future-proofing the business on the basis of the strengthening market and growth we see in the whole area,” Mr Macky says. “We’ve taken a 30-year view with this building. Warkworth is going to grow into quite a different place over that time and we need to start preparing.”
The larger site will allow Bayleys to hold auctions in a large reception area and comfortably accommodate its 23 staff. It also provides for 18 carparks.
“Parking is at a premium in Warkworth, so that was a big drawcard.”
The heritage-listed building has been stripped and renovated, with a 200m2 extension added, while the exterior has been restored to retain its historic features.
Built in the 1920s, it was originally the site of Rodney Motors and was most recently an ANZ branch.
“We had to get heritage architects to peer review the design and have painted it to keep with the art-deco style,” Mr Macky says.
A number of local contractors worked on the project, including Davco Electrical Services, Signmasters, A&J Lethbridge Painting & Decorating and Insite Security, while the main contractor was A-Line Builders.
Bayleys has four offices in the region including Omaha, Mangawhai and new premises in Matakana which opened in December.