A former office block that once headquartered the Echo is set to be transformed into a new business park – with eight new companies potentially moving into the empty building.

Newspaper House, in Chester Hall Lane, is in the process of being sold by estate agents, Kemsleys, to a new owner who is looking to redevelop the site into a mixture of office and warehouse space.

The building was occupied by a software company after the Echo moved to Howard Chase in 2019, after calling the two-storey building home for 50 years.

The site has also been eyed up for use as a 400-seat auditorium and place of worship by religious charity Trinity Chapel New signs outside the front of the building and warehouse advertise two 5200 square feet industrial units, a 3,4000 square foot industrial unit, another 3000-foot unit and 10,000 square feet of space with a car park.

An “exciting” new business park offering great working environments is advertised at the moment.

A range of “grade A” offices are also being advertised, between 4000 and 17,000 square feet with design and build opportunities for willing tenants.

David Sewell from Kemsley said: “We have exchanged on this sale, but the new owners have not completed, and so the sale won’t go thought until four weeks from now.

“The buyer intends to completely refurbish the site internally and externally and will provide a mixture of office and warehouse accommodation.”

The property is currently listed on Rightmove for a long-term lease at a rate of £4,250 per month and £15 per square foot of space.

The listing reads: “Chester Business Park is a new business park offering a mix of industrial and office space.

“The building, formerly known as Bellesduna House is due to undergo an extensive refurbishment during 2024 and we are able to deliver 23,450 square foot of new warehousing and 20,000 square foot of Grade A office space by September 2024.

“Parking will be available on site, please enquire to register your interest.”