With its new Health and Wellbeing Centre opening this weekend, we look at the history behind Rowan House and how it transitioned from business to wellbeing.

Twenty eight Queens Road Hethersett was bought in 1988 along with ‘Hethersett Stores’.  Originally set up as Norfolk’s first serviced offices, Rowan House’s purpose was to provide small businesses with access to expensive and complex computer and communication equipment.  ‘Hethersett Business Centre’ opened with an IBM compatible P.C. (with a hard drive of 20MB), a Dot matrix Epson printer and Hethersett’s first fax machine.

Original Business Plan

Rowan House’s original 7 offices (which now make up the Health and Wellbeing Centre) and the single storey building very quickly reached capacity and in 1990 the site underwent major renovations increasing its capacity to 21 offices and rebranded as ‘The Business Base’  before expanding across Norwich.

Health and Wellbeing Centre Norwich

Rowan House thrived as a business centre for many years and at its peak employed nearly 20 people, mainly providing word processing services to a variety of businesses from small one man bands to multi-national companies.

As technology advanced and became increasingly affordable and accessible to all, the decline in demand for these services has led to a natural change of direction.  The centre’s location, parking and spacious reception make it the ideal facility for clientele in the service industry who are looking for a professional and convenient home to practice in and welcome their clients.

Rowan House Norwich

Rowan House Health and Wellbeing’s journey started 2 years ago, when it’s longest standing therapist Gill Wright approached management about renting an office for the purpose of holistic therapy and massage.  This proved a successful partnership and led to a reflection on past office enquiries a high proportion of which came from therapists and practitioners.  This led the management to believe there was a place for more therapists within Rowan House.  Gentle enquiries and market research began into this new business opportunity.  In March 2015 a chance passing by Osteopath William Allchin accelerated this process.  William previously practiced at the Humbleyard in Mulbarton; a complementary health clinic with many established and well regarded therapists.  With its closure imminent William was looking for a new home for his clinic and his chance passing was met with great enthusiasm.  Since that time Rowan House Health and Wellbeing has welcomed many of his colleagues from the Humbleyard.

Rowan House has undergone major renovations converting traditional offices into warm and welcoming treatment rooms.  Of its 21 offices, 8 have been allocated to the Health and Wellbeing Centre, with the remaining offices continuing to be let to its business clients.  Rowan House’s common areas have been renovated with both uses in mind with a spacious and comfortable reception for health and wellbeing users, business clients and locals who still use the centre for their photocopying.

The centre has been open throughout the renovations but officially opens this weekend with an evening for professionals and businesses within the industry Friday evening (9th October) 3.30-6.30pm and a family fun day Saturday 10th October 10-2pm.  Come along and see the transformations for yourself and book yourself a treatment whilst you are there.  Please visit our Facebook page for more information www.facebook.com/rowanhousecentre