Historic Weymouth town centre building set for new lease of life following acquisition

By Sam Pither [email protected]

Published: April 4, 2024 | Updated: 5th April 2024

Weymouth town centre’s historic building “The Rectory” has been acquired by commercial property specialist DJ Property.

The building, located at 81 & 82 St. Thomas Street, will now undergo restoration and repurposing work to bring it back into commercial use.

Also included in the purchase is the neighbouring retail property previously occupied by the Body Shop.

The Rectory acquired by DJ Property 2024

Having closed in 2013, the site – previously known as The Old Rectory, Barracuda, and most recently The Clipper – has been unoccupied for more than a decade, with the Grade-II listed building falling into disrepair.

Mickey Jones, Chief Executive at DJ Property, expressed enthusiasm about the project, stating: “We are thrilled to have acquired The Rectory and save it from an uncertain future.

“This Georgian gem holds immense potential, and we look forward to revitalising it to its former grandeur while preserving its unique architectural heritage.

“There are exciting plans to make this building the centre of the community, providing employment opportunities, whilst respectfully restoring its former glory”.

DJ Property has experience rescuing Weymouth’s historic buildings.

The firm previously embarked on a £2.5 million renovation project which brought the Deheers building on Weymouth Old Harbourside back to life. That property is now fully occupied with warehouse-style apartments and the EBIKE Cafe.

Mickey Jones says: “Weymouth is a beautiful town showcasing incredible architecture. I am sure many local people agree it is hard to witness parts of that rich heritage falling into dilapidation.”

“As a local family business, it was a privilege to redevelop both the Deheers building and Weymouth Coffee Tavern.

“Similarly, The Rectory holds a special place in the local community’s heritage, and its restoration represents a commitment to preserving Weymouth’s architectural legacy for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.”

“With it will come employment opportunities and an exciting contribution to our local economy. We are eager to announce further news about this in the near future”.

The Rectory redevelopment project will commence immediately with the submission of a listed building application to return the exterior of the building to its former glory. Subsequently, the interior will undergo extensive refurbishment to ensure sustainable future use.

DJ Property has formed a successful partnership with rb Studio , an award-winning RIBA chartered 2 architect’s practice to drive the project forward.

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