Work has begun on an £8m expansion at Tennants which will provide three new salerooms.
The auction house in Leyburn, North
Yorkshire, started the 54-week build process this month with a
ceremonial 'cutting of the sod' - which also marked 20 years on
site since chairman Rodney Tennant opened their purpose-built
saleroom in 1993.
The programme of works has been designed so
that the sales calendar continues without disruption until the
extension opens in summer next year.
Tennants say: "As well as up-to-date
facilities encompassing three new salerooms and departmental areas,
there will be galleries of display cases constantly promoting items
for forthcoming sales and opportunities to host music, theatre,
lectures and exhibitions.
"Two new enlarged restaurants will
facilitate catering for all occasions."
The family firm is run by Rodney Tennant
who, in 1991, commissioned a state-of-the-art auction centre at
Leyburn. This comprises three auction halls, a large restaurant
seating 150 people and free on-site parking for up to 600 cars.
In June last year ATG reported that he was
setting up a new management structure to pass the day-to-day
running of the company on to a fourth generation - his three
daughters, Alison, Jane and Caroline, who were all made
Tennants were established by Rodney's grandfather over 100 years
ago. They also now have offices in Harrogate and Oakham,