It’s Not What It Seems: Could Your Premises House a Niche Business?

Old buildings sometimes outlive their purpose, but an unlikely partnership could be the answer to your commercial property conundrum. It might sound unlikely, but converting your building into something else could free it up for use by all sorts of businesses – even if they might not be the first to spring to mind.

Here are some examples of niche businesses with unusual homes…

The petrol-station-turned-burger-bar
Something of a trend amongst hip restaurateurs, several ex-petrol stations across the UK have been turned into trendy eateries, bars and arts spaces. When the pumps, tanks and canopy is removed, the remaining buildings are unique and retro – Scotland’s Filling Station chain offers Americana decor with burgers’n’shakes to match.

The abbey-turned-distillery
Dating back to 1494, Lindores Abbey in Newburgh, Scotland, has a rich history of whiskey distilling. 2017 saw an ambitious project underway to convert an old stone Abbey farm standing on the Abbey’s grounds into a swish new distillery with a glass-fronted stillroom, built using local wood and stone.

The abandoned-factory-turned-office-space
Derelict and in disrepair, warehouses and factories which are not up to modern day use are being transformed into beautiful office spaces: think exposed pipes, bare brick walls and lofty framed ceilings. Pinterest’s San Fran headquarters are housed in a suitably inspiring industrial warehouse with collaborative open spaces.

Could your property get a new lease of life? When you’ve found the right proposition, there are a few regulations to adhere to. As well as potentially applying for planning permission to change use class, your insurance will need to take the new uses into account. Speak to your insurance broker at Shene Insurance to find out how the changes could affect your cover.