Bartonfields, originally a working farm, began it’s transformation back in the late 1980s with The Bartonfields Craft Centre. Open to the public it had a wide range of craft shops, artisan workshops and a tea room. The Centre was opened by the late Duchess of Devonshire.
The early 90s saw the arrival of the new A50 road network and long term road closures which drastically cut visitors to the centre, so planning permission for change of use was sought and Bartonfields became a rural business centre. The Bartonfields Centre was gradually developed over the following years as existing tenants needed to expand and new businesses wanted to relocate there.
Howard Spendlove and Max Brooker took over the running of the family business in 2008 and invested quite heavily in the further development of the Centre, converting several more farm buildings into offices and upgrading existing units. This investment also saw the installation of 2 wind turbines, a high-tech broadband system beaming high-speed internet from Alport heights from nearly 20 miles away via microwave link.
More recently the centre has seen it’s biggest investment yet with conversion of the Old Grainstore which had previously been used for warehousing into a suite of 9 new high-spec offices and in 2019 the installation of an advanced 50kw solar power array and cutting-edge battery storage system.
Howard & Max care passionately about The Bartonfields Centre and they continue to develop, refurbish, upgrade and invest in new and exciting projects making the Centre a fantastic and rewarding place to work.