Commercial property

Commercial property news from Swindon and Wiltshire.

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.

Global tech distributor sets up shop in Swindon's Old Town

Written by Peter Davison.

54 Godwin CourtA global distributor of tech products has established its new headquarters in Swindon's Old Town.

XS Distribution, a wholesale distributor of hardware, consumer electrical devices, and mobile phones has taken the lease on 54 Godwin Court, in a deal brokered by commercial property specialists Kavanaghs.

Commercial property manager Stephen Brickell said: "When we brought the property to the market we were inundated with enquires. We are delighted to have been able to agree terms of a letting of XS Distribution who are a thriving and growing consumer electronics retailer and distributor.

"The property is an open-plan retail unit extending to 1264 sq ft and has its own allocated parking. We were inundated with views when we brought the property to market and successfully concluded the letting at the asking rent for a six-year term.

"This landmark parade is a welcome addition to our expanding management portfolio and the letting reaffirms that the there is strong demand in the retail sector for good quality property particularly from niche occupiers in affluent areas.”

XS Distribution was established in 2013 and previously operated from Oak Tree Business Centre in South Marston.

Swindon business unit comes onto market

Written by Peter Davison.

5 The MeadsA unit at The Meads Business Centre in Swindon has come on to the market with commercial property agent Kavanaghs at an asking rent of £10,000 pax.

Unit 5 offers 681 sq ft of recently refurbished ground floor accommodation, with suspended ceilings, Cat II lighting and a parking allocation.

The property has been recently refurbished and has suspended ceilings, Cat II lighting and a parking.

The Meads Business Centre is located immediately off of Great Western Way providing easy access to both Swindon Town Centre, the M4 Motorway and the western industrial estates of Swindon.

Stephen Brickell, commercial property manager at Kavanaghs, said: “We are pleased to be bringing part of Unit 5 The Meads to the market having successfully completed a rent review for our client who also owns one of the adjoining units.

"The open plan unit, which is available to let on flexible easy in easy out lease terms, would be suitable as a business unit or even offices."

To view the property or for further information please contact Stephen Brickell or Keegan Armstrong at Kavanaghs Commercial on 01225 703082.

Housing association opens new office in Melksham

Written by Peter Davison.

Housing association Selwood Housing Group has celebrated the opening of new offices in Melksham this week.

The new office which is located on the Bowerhill industrial estate, officially opened to staff on Monday, August 12.

The new and larger premises extend to just over 4,700 square feet and will act primarily as a base for Selwood Housing Group’s repairs and maintenance social enterprise, Silcoa.

Chris George, group asset director at Selwood Housing Group, said: “Having outgrown our previous location, we’re very pleased to have found a new home in Melksham for Silcoa.

"The new office not only allows us to continue to provide a repairs and maintenance service to our customers, but also supports us in building on the efficiency of our operations; the new office location is tailored to our needs, enabling better storage, materials delivery and waste management.

“We were delighted to invite Martin Pain, Melksham town councillor and Selwood Housing Group board member, to do the honours of cutting the ribbon and officially open the building for staff. We hope that all staff enjoy working from this new location.”

The Bowerhill industrial estate is located just outside Melksham town centre and was developed from a former Royal Air Force training school which closed in the early 1970s. Its history is remembered in the street names of the estate, which include Avro Way, Falcon Way, and Lancaster Road.

Selwood Housing Group employs nearly 300 staff from their offices in Trowbridge and Melksham, around 100 of whom are employees of Silcoa. The Group’s main office will remain situated at the Bryer Ash Business Park in Trowbridge.

Office unit let to property and construction consultants

Written by Peter Davison.

5 Barnack Business CentreThe Salisbury branch of a large property business has acquired a new home of its own.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has successfully negotiated the letting of Unit 5, Barnack Business Centre in Blakey Road, Salisbury to Ward Williams Associates, a company with six UK offices.

Quoting rent for the unit was £8,000 per annum on a new 10-year lease.

Myddelton & Major surveyor Gary Mead said: “Ward Williams Associates look after more than 300 construction clients in six UK cities and we’re pleased to be able to facilitate the Salisbury office’s move to Barnack Business Centre.

“This 694 sq ft (64.47 sq m) first floor office unit has open plan offices, air conditioning, parking space and an internal meeting room behind a glass partition.”

Barnack Business centre is on the south western edge of the city centre, with easy access to the A36 Southampton Road. It is close to Wiltshire College and other commercial users on the adjoining Milford Trading Estate.

Strong interest in Sarum Point shops

Written by Peter Davison.

The local centre development at Sarum PointRetail units at a proposed new local shopping centre at Old Sarum are now being marketed in advance of construction work beginning.

Three units at the five-unit Sarum Point local centre development have already been reserved off-plan.

The remaining two are now being marketed by property consultancy Myddelton & Major ready for the project’s completion in spring 2020.

Units 2 and 4 are each 1,000 sq ft (92.90 sq m) and the quoting rent for each is £19,000 per annum on 15-year lease terms.
The Sarum Point development, currently subject to planning consent, will be visible from the adjoining A345 with access via the new roundabout junction linking to the development.

Myddelton & Major partner Simon Lee said: “The development occupies a prominent trading position adjoining new 673 unit housing development, currently under construction and almost immediately adjacent to a proposed new 66-bedroom care home building.

“I am expecting strong demand as this local centre development will be serving a large new population. Given that two units are already subject to contract off-plan, I can see this shopping centre being fully occupied before completion

The local centre is to include a retail convenience store – the 3,500 sq ft (325.15 sq m) Unit 1 is pre-let to leading neighbourhood retailer McColl’s – together with the three separate retail units and a 36-space adjoining customer car parking area.

There will an adjoining children’s day nursery in the 5,100 sq ft (473.79 sq m) Unit 5, which is pre-let to Happy Days and expected to generate further customer flow.

The units will be provided in developer’s shell specifications with capped utility supplies and aluminium glazed shop fronts fitted and Class A1-A5 & D1 planning use.

The development is located on the A345 approximately four miles north of Salisbury and five miles south of Amesbury. Access to the main A303 London to West Country trunk road is approximately six miles to the north.

Work starts to convert Victorian laundry into Hilton Hotel

Written by Peter Davison.

The former Paragon Laundry buildingWork has started on the £12 million renovation of the former Paragon Laundry building in Swindon's Aylesbury Street by Old Town-based Ridgevale Estates.

The Grade II listed building will be transformed into a 112-room Hampton by Hilton hotel, which will create around 60 jobs.

The existing facade will be preserved as part of the renovation scheme.

The building was originally constructed as a cheese factory in 1841 by the Aylesbury Dairy Company. The factory supplied dairy products to London via the Great Western Railway, situated opposite.

In 1891 it was converted by the the Swindon Steam Laundry Company into a laundry, complete with Carpet Beating Room and Mangling, Drying and Ironing Room.

A late 20th century extension of the building was demolished in 2012. The site has been derelict since then.

Permission to convert the Victorian building was granted by Swindon Borough Council in 2018. The building forms part of the council's Heritage Action Zone, which includes the Mechanics Institute.

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