Tees Business was given a behind-the-scenes tour of Middlesbrough’s only Grade I listed building during a corporate open day this week.
Acklam Hall re-opened in February this year after a multi-million-pound, 18-month renovation programme.
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The 17th Century building is now home to The Brierley restaurant, four function suites for weddings and other special events, 18 serviced offices and a number of state-of-the-art conference and meeting room facilities.
Other notable rooms include The Drawing Room, with its spectacular ceiling and views of the Avenue of Trees; The Parlour, which is used for private dining and civil ceremonies; and The Boudoir, which is used for smaller celebrations and functions.
Built by draper and former MP William Hustler between 1680–83, Acklam Hall’s new owners, Acklam Hall Ltd, have ensured many of the building’s original features have been lovingly restored to its original grandeur.
Martin Williams, from Acklam Hall Ltd, said: “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.”
Acklam Hall’s redevelopment has so far created over 20 new jobs in Middlesbrough, as well as opportunities for dozens of local suppliers.