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Renovations are almost complete on the former shooting range at Dunmore Court, Abingdon, which will operate as both a large auction saleroom and adjoining estate agency offices.

Both will open early in January with sales held on Saturdays for the convenience of private buyers. A six-month schedule with sales once every three weeks has been drawn up with the first sale on January 19.

Mallams director Benjamin Lloyd told ATGhe envisages Dunmore Court as a middle-range saleroom appealing to a wide audience and Ð with easy access just off the A34, with 2500 sq ft of space and parking for 100 cars Ð the venue where much of MallamsÕ furniture will be sold.

The new selling centre will run alongside MallamsÕ established city-centre salerooms in Oxford (Bocado House) and Cheltenham (Grosvenor Street) and effectively replaces the Bicester saleroom site, which will be partially razed to make way for a new supermarket car park. Bicester had been MallamsÕ general salerooms for seven years and Messengers for many years before then.

Henry Cooke, who was the saleroom manager at Bocado House, Oxford, will manage the new venture. The telephone number is 01285 840 740.

Roland Arkell