£10m property is real deal for estate agent Andrew Granger & Co, of Market Harborough
An estate agent beat London rivals to be given the contract to sell a £10 million property in the capital.
Andrew Granger & Co, of Market Harborough, oversaw the sale of Beaumont House, the former BBC World Service building.
The agency sold the 42-bed hostel, in central London, to a hotelier on a behalf of a Leicestershire client.
The building was previously used as the UK base for BBC correspondents from overseas.
Joe Welch, associate partner at Andrew Granger, said the company was originally appointed to oversee a planning appeal before securing a sale for a better price than its client expected.
"It's quite rare for a firm based in Leicestershire to get involved in the sale of a property for £10 million in London," he said. "This kind of thing usually goes to a London firm.
"This is such a special building with a great sense of history. We are thrilled to be able to help our client not only sell the property in such a short space of time, but for a better price than they expected.
"This is just one of the major projects we have worked on and as our team expands we are taking on bigger projects throughout the UK."
Andrew Granger was initially instructed to undertake a planning appeal for the 16,673sq ft property in Bayswater, followed by a detailed development appraisal of the options available to the owner.
The company then became the lead agents in the disposal of the grade II-listed Victorian property, carrying out a national marketing campaign during 2012.
The firm is working on a wide variety of projects throughout the country from their offices in Leicestershire, extending as far afield as Norfolk, Pembrokeshire, Essex and Yorkshire.
Andrew Granger & Co, which employs more than 40 staff, has three offices across the county: in Market Harborough, Leicester and Loughborough.
Set up in 1989 after a management buyout, the company's roots go back more than 120 years.