Former Lincolnshire Co-op funeral parlour sold to asbestos firm

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A former Lincolnshire Co-op funeral parlour, which has stood empty for three years, has been sold to an asbestos surveying and building service company to be turned into a city centre headquarters.

The empty funeral service buildings on Portland Street cover more than a quarter of an acre and will be redeveloped into offices, storage and warehousing for BESA Group.

The business, currently located in Saxilby, hopes the move will open up a number of new jobs when teams relocate in July and there are already plans for future expansion.

BESA Group’s sister company, UP Construction, which carries out groundworks and civils as well as external works for a wide range of clients will also move its headquarters to the site.

BESA Director Benn Kay, who started the group eight years ago with fellow Director Sam Scoffield, said: “We currently have a 25-strong team working across our businesses.

“Most people are directly employed by us and we are looking forward to creating more jobs when we relocate, hopefully by July.

“The Portland Street site provides really flexible accommodation which extends across two-storeys.

“The premises will give us office accommodation, storage and warehousing for our equipment, parking space and future expansion potential.”

Director of Banks Long & Co, who managed the sale, James Butcher said: “The Portland Street premises, which were formerly home to Lincolnshire Co-op’s funeral service until it moved to the society’s purpose-built Tritton Road Funeral Home in Lincoln in 2015, provide a mix of buildings over a quarter-of-an-acre site.

“We were offering the site for sale or to let and so are delighted to have completed a sale to BESA Group, who were looking for city centre premises that would accommodate different aspects of their businesses.

“We wish them the best for the future.”


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