Commercial property

Workshop move hits the right note for violin firm

Written by Peter Davison.

Philip Brown ViolinsExpert advice from commercial property consultants Kilpatrick & Co was music to the ears of a company that restores cellos, violins and violas.

The relocation of Philip Brown Violins to new Grade II listed premises in Cheap Street, Newbury came with a number of challenges, which took expertise to overcome.

Andrew Kilpatrick, of Swindon-based Kilpatrick & Co, explained: "The relocation was more like running a marathon than a sprint and whilst they looked a number of properties in Newbury before settling on Cheap Street, we agreed terms only to find the offices didn’t have a planning consent for office use.

"We also needed listed building consent for some minor alterations required by our client to improve security, which all took time.

"We hope Philip Brown Violins will continue to be successful as internationally renowned bow makers and violin restorers.”

Philip Brown Violins' new home extends to 1,332 sq ft, giving them room to expand their growing specialised business of bow making and restorations of cellos, violins and violas.

They have a workshop on site and customers can visit and try before they buy some of the English, French and Italian musical instruments.