LEADING north east auctioneers Anderson & Garland are to leave behind their city centre premises in favour of a suburban warehouse-style saleroom.

Adopting what he called “the Rodney Tennant model” after Tennants of Leyburn, senior partner Andrew McCoull told ATG of an impending move to Anderson House, the recently renamed industrial unit in Westerhope where the company have held their general sales for a couple for years.

The building lacks the Victorian charm of its predecessor but boasts more than 70 parking spaces and is easily accessible from the A1. A new mezzanine floor has created an 8000sq ft space for fine art sales.

Parking and accessibility had become key issues for Anderson & Garland – and their customers – since the building of the Centre for Life on Newcastle’s Marlborough Crescent led to a cut in parking spaces. “Having just received a £40 parking ticket, clients were often not in the best frame of mind to buy,” said Mr McCoull, who said “99 per cent” of those questioned were pleased with the move. The old building, which Anderson & Garland have occupied since 1987, will be returned to the landlord and will probably be sold.

The firm are also repackaging their sales programme. The mammoth three-day quarterly fine art sales look set to be replaced by two or three select sales at Anderson House and a series of middle-tier events straddling the lower and higher ends of the market with an inexpensive but full catalogue. Mr McCoull hopes to start the new programme by the end of April.