The Commissioners Building, St Thomas Street, Sunniside, Sunderland


22,657 ft²

Guide price of £2,320,000

Key Features

Prestigious serviced office building for sale
City centre location
Grade II listed building
48 modern office suites
Launched in 2022
Total net internal area of 2,105m² (22,657ft²)
Full occupancy expected Q1 2024
Current gross rent of £258,055 per annum
0.2 miles from A1018
370ft from High Street West
0.1 mile from Bridges Shopping Centre
Bus stop located within 300ft
0.1 mile from Sunderland metro and train station
Car parking within 0.2 miles

Property Description


The Commissioner’s Building is on the corner of St Thomas St & John St, situated in the Sunniside Quarter, with stores, restaurants, and bars just minutes away. This is an established commercial area with a broad range of businesses and retailers within the surrounding locality.

The subject property has excellent transport links, lying just south of the A183 and Wearmouth Bridge, offering good access to the A1018 as well as the A19 to the west. Sunderland Rail and Metro Station is just a short walk away with links to Newcastle as well as numerous local bus routes accessible on John St. Newcastle Airport is within approximately 55 minutes.


The property comprises a grandiose recently refurbished, Grade II listed, office building, arranged over basement, ground, first and second floors. The accommodation comprises of furnished office suites ranging in sizes. Additional facilities include: modern kitchen facilities, several meeting rooms and the Commissioners Chamber which is an extremely impressive board room suitable for hosting events or larger client meetings.

Offices are fully furnished with desks, chairs, raised access floors with carpet tile covering and LED lighting.

48 office suites, ranging from 122ft² to 1,088ft². Capacity from 2 to 21 desks depending on office size.


The approximate internal floor areas for the property are as follows:

Ground floor 676.69m²
First floor 683.76m²
Second floor 485.13m²
Basement 721.29m²
7,764 ft²


The current contracted rent is £19k per month/£228k per annum.

The ERV at 85% occupancy is £35,363 per month/ £360,703pa.

This is 85% of a maximum potential of £424,356 if fully let.

Additional income averages. £2.5k per month/£30k per annum from conferencing, virtual services, vending etc. This is expected to grow to £5k per month/£60k pa in line with other locations once mature.

The total gross income is £21.5k per month income/ £258,055 per annum at present.

Operational costs are £8.5k per month/£102k per annum. The expected level of annual costs once fully let is £10.5k per month/ £125k-130k pa.

Expected net rental income this year is circa £156,055.

Expected net rental value in 2024 once fully let is £295,703.

The building was fully refurbished over covid and completed in 2022.

All contracts have a 10% service charge billable on top of the rent.

The building is listed so no empty rates charges are applicable.

A full tenancy schedule and operational costs are available on request.




The property has a guide price of £2,320,000 (Two Million Three Hundred & Twenty Thousand Pounds).

A sale at this price equates to a Net Initial Yield of 6.33%, against the current net rent and a reversionary yield of 12% against the net estimated rental value when fully let.


All rents, premiums and purchase prices quoted herein are exclusive of VAT. All offers are to be made to Bradley Hall upon this basis, and where silent, offers will be deemed net of VAT.


Each party is to bear their own legal costs involved in the transaction.


In accordance with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations we are required to verify the identify of the Purchaser/Tenant. We will do so based on name and address data provided but we may also require you to provide two forms of identification. We will require the Purchaser/Tenant to provide proof of the source of income.


For general enquiries and viewing arrangements please contact Bradley Hall.

Tel: 0191 232 8080


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