A Victorian courthouse in the city of Bradford is being converted into a high-tech business centre with serviced office space.
The sandstone building, which has Grade II listed status, is due for completion by the end of March this year and will cost an estimated £400,000.
It will provide businesses with 13 serviced offices, offering flexible working spaces with free broadband internet and meeting room facilities.
In a departure from its historic past, the new facility will offer small businesses numerous high-tech features including a fingerprint identification system for accessing the building.
It is set to provide the Yorkshire city with a stunning office location, and is intended for use by established companies looking to trade-up their headquarters and start-up companies.
Formerly a barristers chamber, the new office complex is to be renamed Malik House after the local family behind the project.
It is intended to provide an affordable way for small business to operate professionally and will also provide Bradford with a cafe and studio space, situated on the ground floor.
Mike Cartwright, of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, said: “Business space for small and medium-sized companies is still in demand, even in the recession.
“Start-ups and small owner/proprietor-type businesses are always looking for more choice and flexibility. The fact this development is so close to the city centre is an added bonus.