Belfast Telegraph

Former Co Antrim kitchen factory on market

The site of the former Hayburn and Co kitchen factory
The site of the former Hayburn and Co kitchen factory
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

The home of a former luxury kitchen factory in Co Antrim which went bust last year leaving a number of Irish celebrities out of pocket has gone on the property market.

The property at 297 and 299 Galgorm Road between Ballymena and Ahoghill contains the manufacturing, warehouse and showroom premises once the home of Hayburn and Co.

The sale also includes a separate four-bed detached home.

Hayburn and Co closed in November 2018 stating "difficult trading conditions" as the cause.

It posted a message on its social media at the time saying it would contact its creditors, many of whom were celebrity customers.

Among those was Irish model and TV presenter Pippa O'Connor and husband Brian Ormond, who told RTE Radio One that they had lost €3,000 (£2,674) through the closure. It is believed between 40 and 60 staff members lost their jobs at the time, with TUV leader Jim Allister describing the closure as a "significant blow to the area".

Today the site of Hayburn and Co, spanning 22,971 sq ft, is seeking a new owner.

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It had previously been granted planning permission for a residential development consisting of six semi-detached houses, three detached dwellings and six apartments, however, the planning approval dating back to 2005 has since lapsed.

Listed by property agents Frazer Kidd, the site comes with a guide price of £675,000.

Brian Kidd, partner at Frazer Kidd, said the site would appeal to a residential developer given its previously secured residential plan approval.

He added: "It was previously a kitchen manufacturer with showrooms. We feel it would suit light manufacturing uses."

Covering almost two acres, the sites are located just outside the village of Ahoghill and around three miles to the west of Ballymena.

The area is "predominated by detached private sector housing and is situated directly adjacent to a Spar convenience store".

The four-bed property which sits on 297 Galgorm Road comes with a paved driveway, hardscaped barbecue area to the rear with gardens in the lawn and a double garage.

And in Enniskillen, on 16 Dublin Road, the home of TP Topping car sales business is seeking a buyer for £1.5m. The listing, which includes two lots, covers 17,000sq ft. Among the buildings on this space are two showrooms and a warehouse.

Described as a "landmark property" the site sits close to Tesco, McDonald's, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Domino's and Poundland on the busy east end of the town.

"Enniskillen is a very busy market and tourist town which draws trade from at least eight neighbouring counties and beyond," said estate agency Eadie, McFarland and Co.

"It is strategically located for business with many counties in Ireland and after Brexit this gateway to the European Community could become even more important.

"Landmark properties of this type with huge potential are rarely available to purchase, this property could prove to be a very worthwhile investment.

"The property is already under offer so contact us now to avoid disappointment."

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