During the Second World War it was used as billet station for United States Rangers.
Designed by the famous architect Sir Charles Lanyon, the striking red-bricked building at Beresford Avenue was built in 1894 by R.H. & S Rogers & Co, Addle Street London.
Since those Victorian days it has had many incarnations; Rogers Shirt and Collar Factory operated there until 1958 and then Peerage Bottlers Ltd then occupied the building from 1963.
And when businessman Brendan Loughrey took over the building in 1999 it was a mess of broken windows and collapsed wooden floors.
Brendan’s vision was to restore it to its former glory and working with architect Robin Smith, plus a considerable investment of £1 million for widescale refurubishment, it was decided to name the building Beresford House.
Now owned by the next generation of the Loughrey family known collectively as the Beresford Partnership, a new era was heralded last Wednesday evening with the launch of the Beresford Business Centre.
The launch was attended by MLAs Claire Sugden and Adrian McQuillan, Assembly candidate Maurice Bradley. Anna Logan of Causeway Enterprisce Centre. Martin Clark, of Causeway Coast and Glens Council and local business representatives.
Kirk Loughrey, of Beresford Partnership, said the Centre will offer clients “furnished, flexible working space to help them grow their business.”
Speaking at launch, he added: “Beresford Business Centre can provide offices for seminars and meetings, hot-desking. We have meeting rooms, and an exibition space which can be used for produc launches.
“Because we have almost 7,500sq ft over three floors to work with we can offer bespoke office or room layout on demand.”
“Our aim is that the buliding continues to reflect changing needs of local businesses.
“All companies nowadays are looking to keep overheads down so they can react and be mobile. Many workers now travel to be near clients don’t base themselves in one place all the time but spread out, work remotely, or work flexible hours.
“We understand that more established firms occasionally need extra space to train, interview or host clients. BBC can support this ad hoc requirement on a one off basis.
“Now we’ve phase one open we hope to encourage many more business seminars and events here in Beresford Business Centre - we’re not letting the grass grow.
“Our first is booked in for April 7th - see our Facebook or website for more details. This successful launch has certainly been very encouraging.”
Alice Magill of the Beresford Partnership said the Centre will offer “easy-in, easy-out” terms with no need to sign contracts.
“This is key to reducing risk for small businesses. We understand they may not be able to foresee how effective this solution can be. By including all services and VAT in our prices we hope to help local firms budget too.”
“Working from Beresford Business Centre has enabled me to make long term business plans. I can now envisage how I can grow my consultancy business in the future.” commented Debbie Rymer of SAND consulting, who is a tenant.
And another tenant, Heather Quiery of HQ Marketing NI, adds: “Working from Beresford means I’m right in the heart of the town where it’s easy for clients to meet me in a confidential, professional space.”
During the launch Lacada Brewery Co-Operative manager Laurie Davies provided local craft beers and Truva Turkish restaurant delicious meze forthe guests. Kate Reid also provided a temporary exhibition of artwork.