AS visitors from all over the country get ready to head to our award-winning Festival of Thrift, the building that set the whole ball rolling has a special slot on the bill.
Beehive, once the heart and soul of the Patons and Baldwins wool factory, has reclaimed its place, thanks to a significant make-over.
The Birth of the Beehive is the title of a special talk by John Orchard, a director of Lingfield Point’s owner – Marchday -who’ll explain how the building was transformed into super-stylish office space.
And of course there’s a reason Lingfield Point is the ideal home for the Festival of Thrift – its ethos of recycling and reusing was the very reason John, along with designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway came up with the idea in the first place.
The fun family event on the weekend of 27 and 28 September is expected to draw a huge crowd in keeping and 60 years after its first-time-round and we think it’s appropriate that Beehive gets a special mention.
All our buildings at Lingfield Point are extraordinary places to work but Beehive holds a special place in all our hearts.
Since its transformation, Beehive now has statement offices available ranging from 1,800 sq ft up to more than 15,000 sqft. This creative little hive of activity is now home to a wide range of businesses and enjoy exclusive meeting space, outdoor terraces (perfect for summer) and easy-going break out areas, including a VW camper van that’s been transformed for use as a quirky meeting space or thinking spot.
John’s talk, on the Sunday of the Festival of Thrift at 2pm, will recall the importance of this iconic building in Darlington’s history, and trace the development of Lingfield Point up to its high-spec modern incarnation… we hope to see you there!