A STATELY home which has already won major awards since it entered the business market, has confirmed that it is hoping to build on its success.

The converted stables at Aske Hall have won recognition for their design - including that of the Country Land and Business Association whose judges described it as 'outstanding'.

The £1.5m renovation which converted old stables into office units at Aske Hall on the Zetland Estate, near Richmond, looks set to enter another phase when conversion work on the old riding school is completed next year.

Additional office space will be available in the 6,500sq ft building, with all units adapted to suit the specific needs of the individual businesses occupying them.

Rural Solutions Ltd, which led the stables project, will co-ordinate the new redevelopment project.

Contracts manager Tom Lawson said: "We're delighted to be involved in this exciting development. The new offices will be ideal for anyone seeking a unique and beautiful setting combined with the best business facilities.''

Sales and marketing manager for Zetland Estate, Phil Upton, added: "We have exceeded all our expectations with the Aske Stables development and are looking forward to completing the next stage of our expansion.

"The demand for quality rural office space is high and we are creating more facilities for both our existing occupiers who need space to expand into as well as prospective tenants."

As many as 90 people are now employed by companies which have moved into the units. Some of these companies have relocated from the south of England.