Following an extensive restoration, Acklam Hall opened its doors on Thursday.
The Grade I listed building has undergone a complex renovation spanning over 18 months restoring dozens of its rooms and features to their original grandeur.
Acklam Hall is now home to a restaurant, The Brierley, four unique function suites for weddings and other special events, 18 serviced offices and a number of state-of-the-art conference and meeting room facilities.
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The Brierley is named after the architect Walter Brierley who designed the alterations to Acklam Hall in 1912 and serves homemade dishes from breakfast and lunch to afternoon tea and dinner as well as teas, coffees and drinks throughout the day and into the evening. In addition, there will be a fine dining option on an evening.
The Brierley offers two dining options – the Salon, which is open all day for breakfasts, lunches and evening meals as well as Sunday lunches, and the more formal Dining Room which has a range of afternoon teas and a la carte fine dining.
‘The Bvsiness Rooms’ provide unique business facilities with 18 offices, a dedicated reception service, super-fast internet, parking and 24 hour access. Theses are complemented by a range of meeting rooms, conference facilities and experienced administrative support.
In addition to the serviced offices, virtual offices are also available for companies not requiring a physical workspace but who desire an exclusive address, telephone answering and mail handling service.
The re-development of the 17th Century building has so far created over 20 new jobs in Middlesbrough as well as opportunities for dozens of local suppliers.
The multi-million pound redevelopment, by Acklam Hall Limited, has seen the complete restoration of the building, which dates back to the 1680s and was home to Teesside’s Hustler family for almost 250 years, before becoming a school in the 1930s.
Martin Williams, from Acklam Hall, said: “It has been phenomenal to be part of this incredible restoration project and everyone involved in the last 18 months of hard work has shown great enthusiasm for this much-loved building. We are so pleased to now share Acklam Hall with everyone.
“It’s fair to say that the hall is one of the most recognisable buildings on Teesside and very much loved by the local community, who have been really supportive. Many hundreds of people will have gone to school here and I am sure they’ll recognise certain elements from its past when they visit.
“We’ve worked really hard to get the best team in place with a varied offering from daytime food and drinks and evening meals through to weddings, functions and business services. A very exciting 2016 lies ahead for everyone involved.”
Other notable rooms within Acklam Hall include the Drawing Room, with its spectacular ceiling and views of Middlesbrough’s famous ‘Avenue of Trees’, the Parlour, which will be used for private dining and civil ceremonies and the Boudoir, which will be used for smaller celebrations and functions.