Empire House

A West Yorkshire town has first class contemporary offices on the site of a former theatre which are looked after by a very warm-hearted woman!

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Empire House in Dewsbury is an important part of the Targetfollow portfolio, offering the best all-round offices in the town.

The seven-storey building, opposite the Town Hall and near the railway station, has been part of the Targetfollow family since 2002, and facilities manager Pat Hawkins has been working at the property for 23 years, starting off as caretaker.
'It is a marvellous place - I have a flat on the roof so everyone benefits from having someone live on the site,' she says. 'And I get some great views!

'We are around 80 per cent full and are busier than we have ever been as we definitely have the best offices in Dewsbury.'
Kirklees Council occupies the majority of the site, with other tenants including a dentist, the Post Office, Citizens' Advice Bureau, and a housing association.

The office building has 50 car parking spaces and has good kitchen facilities and breakout areas where staff can relax. 'It is a friendly place, people enjoy working here, we have a really good atmosphere,' says Pat.
Pat, as you can tell, thoroughly enjoys her job and happily admits to spoiling the tenants. 'I'm very hands on,' she laughs. 'I have known many of them for a long time.'

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When pushed, she admits that people parking in the wrong slot or members of the public chancing their luck by parking in the car park are her main worries but says confidently: 'I soon get it sorted.'

The current building was built in the 1960s, after the town's theatre, the Empire Palace, was demolished. It had been built in 1909 and closed in1955. Renowned acts such as Morecombe and Wise were said to have appeared in its heyday, as well as the Royal Ballet, and it was also used by the town's popular amateur operatic society.