Commercial property

Commercial property news from Swindon and Wiltshire.

Town centre shop comes onto freehold market

Written by Peter Davison.

20 Regent StreetA two / three storey shop in the centre of Swindon's bustling town centre has come to market with commercial property agents Kilpatrick & Co.

20 Regent Street is situated opposite Sports Direct, Specsavers and fashion outlet Flannels offers just over 2,000 sq ft of accommodation.

Works have recently been completed to replace the rear flat roof with new and clear out the last tenant’s redundant fixtures and fittings.

The property offers 972 sq ft of open plan retail space on the ground floor with first floor showroom and store of 849 sq ft, with toilet and staff facilities on the second floor.

Kilpatrick & Co are marketing the property for sale at a revised asking price of £350,000. Alternatively the owner may consider a letting on a new lease of flexible length. Kilpatrick & Co also have the two adjoining properties available to let or for sale.

To arrange to viewing, contact Andrew Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick & Co on 01793 643101.

Brewery's move into Wiltshire is a Proper Job

Written by Peter Davison.

Matt and Donna JepsonCornish brewer St Austell Brewery has announced that it has expanded its pub estate into new territories with the acquisition of Cricklade's The Red Lion Inn.

The popular pub dates back to the early 1600s and will become part of the company’s tenanted estate. In total – including its managed houses - St Austell Brewery owns 179 pubs, inns and hotels across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol and the Isles of Scilly.

The Red Lion Inn has five en-suite bedrooms, a large beer garden and a micro-brewery - The Hop Kettle Brewing Company. New tenants, Donna and Matt Jepson took on the management of the pub this week.

Steve Worrall, retail director for St Austell Brewery, said the addition of The Red Lion to the company’s pub estate was an important step for the Brewery as it grows into new areas.

“As a business, we have an ongoing acquisition strategy to strengthen our award-winning estate of pubs and hotels across the South West and beyond," he said. "We’re therefore delighted to have The Red Lion as the latest addition to our collection of pubs.

"The location of the property is important. Following the acquisition of Bath Ales, we now have a base from which we can look at new geographical areas which have previously been too far away for us to service efficiently.

"With over 160 years’ experience of championing the pub as the focal point of the community, we look forward to maintaining the character of The Red Lion whilst developing its offering in partnership with Donna and Matt.”

The Brewery's ales include the flagship beer Tribute as well as Proper Job, Tinner's Ale, and Duchy Bitter.

New development units at Westbury come to market

Written by Peter Davison.

Rockhaven Business CentreA brand new development of 16 industrial/warehouse units on the West Wilts Trading Estate at Westbury has been released.

Rockhaven Business Centre is the first development on the trading estate where units will be available to purchase freehold.

Sizes range from 1,875 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft with quoting prices from £180,000 to £300,000 freehold.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has been instructed to market the units. Four are already under offer, with construction just started.

Myddelton & Major partner Philip Holford said: “Rockhaven Business Centre is a 16-unit development with planning consent for B1, B2 and B8 uses and provides brand new, high-quality warehouse/industrial units.

“It is the first new development on the Trading Estate since 2002, so we are expecting strong interest from owner-occupiers as well commercial property investors as it is unique for this estate that there are units available for sale freehold.”

The 16 units are arranged in three blocks with five units of 1,875 sq ft, six of 2,250 sq ft, two of 2,500 sq ft and three at 3,000 sq ft. Each unit has a first-floor mezzanine storage area.

Each unit is of span steel portal frame with a minimum eaves height of 5.1m and Merlin Grey insulated roof and wall cladding. The roller shutter loading door is 3m wide and 3.2m high, plus there is 50w LED floodlighting, 3 phase power and allocated car parking.

West Wilts Trading Estate is situated approximately one mile from Westbury town centre and is the largest of the town’s industrial estates at 165 acres, providing 1.5 million square feet of employment space.

National and local businesses occupiers include Welton Bibby & Baron, Rygor Group, Faccenda Group, Audience Systems, Henleys Medical, Macfarlane Packaging, Tuffnells, Copart, WH Kemp and many others.

The Rockhaven Business Centre development occupies a prominent position on the estate fronting Link Road, which has direct access to the main roundabout on Hawkeridge Road and directly links to the A350.

Personal training and fitness gym doubles its studio footprint

Written by Peter Davison.

Pure Grit Gym DevizesA Devizes-based personal training and fitness studio has relocated to larger premises in the town, after agreeing rental terms on a modern industrial unit through Alder King and WRE.

Pure Grit Personal Training, which opened its previous gym on Folly Road in Devizes in 2016, has seen its client base grow by up to 60 percent over the past three years. Demand for group training sessions has also increased.

Its new unit - at Devizes Trade Centre on Hopton Park Industrial Estate - is double the size of the previous studio and on two floors. The additional space allows personal training sessions to be held on the ground floor with group fitness classes on the first floor.

The ground floor has been fitted out with strength-based equipment. Zowie Trevena, joint owner of Pure Grit PT Devizes, is a competitive strongwoman and powerlifter and recently qualified for the World Powerlifting Congress European Championships which will take place in Ireland on 14th June. A number of female clients are also training in readiness for Wiltshire’s Strongest Man/Woman competition being held in Chippenham in September.

“The layout and space in our new studio work extremely well for our needs and allow us to give clients more opportunities with their training, with personal training sessions as well as a private gym in a non-intimidating and private training environment," said Zowie. "We can now offer a Strongman/Powerlifting facility in Devizes, something the town previously lacked.

“We also now benefit from passing traffic which we didn’t have before.”

James Gregory, partner at Alder King in Swindon, said: “Demand from the gym sector has been a permanent trend in the market in recent years, with a growing number of industrial units being taken by individual and chain gym operators.

“If this continues, we may see more vacant retail units being repurposed as gym premises, as operators seek well-located space with good footfall and parking facilities.”

Pure Grit secured change of use consent and signed a 10 year lease on Unit 12 Devizes Trade Centre. The 1,282 sq ft property was recently refurbished by the landlord after it was vacated by the previous occupier.

Trowbridge engineering company celebrates transformation of mansion to award-winning hotel

Written by Peter Davison.

Heckfield PlaceConsultant engineering company Clegg Associates has combined creative skill with technical expertise to provide structural engineering solutions for the award-winning Heckfield Place, an 18th Century Grade II Listed Georgian country house in Hampshire that is now a world-renowned luxury hotel.

Clegg Associates has been an essential part of the team behind a transformation that has seen an elegant and luxurious country house hotel emerge from a listed building in need of extensive restoration – the owners anticipated welcoming the first guests in 2012, and the hotel finally opened to guests in September last year.

Heckfield Place is increasingly recognised as one of the world’s finest hotels, winning awards and international recognition for the luxury and elegance that guests experience. Condé Nast Traveller called it "The UK's smartest country house hotel."

Beneath the surface of this unique venue are a multitude of innovative structural engineering solutions devised by Clegg Associates, transforming this historic property into a state-of-the-art hotel while retaining its original Georgian charm.

Mike Wingfield, director at Clegg Associates and Heckfield Place project lead, said: “We have been part of the Heckfield Place team since its inception in 2009 and our structural engineering expertise has been a key factor in the creation of a serene environment for hotel guests.

"Our engineering solutions have enabled the character of this Listed building to merge seamlessly with unique features such as an underground cinema, a state-of-the-art energy centre and modern spa facilities.”

Clegg Associates devised structural solutions to ensure alterations blended perfectly with the original building structure.

The resulting facilities are perfectly proportioned, providing guests with luxurious accommodation, space to relax and exercise and a tranquil outdoor environment, undisturbed by state-of-the-art operational solutions.

John Blair, Clegg Associates director, said: “We’re proud that our professional and client-centric approach has established a long-term partnership with Heckfield Place.

"Our involvement continues as additional features are provided for future guests at this world-leading venue, and we look forward to contributing our technical and creative engineering skills to maintain the aesthetically flawless experience for guests at this incredible hotel.”

Construction work starts at warehouse and industrial complex

Written by Peter Davison.

James Drew of Trebor Developments LLP, Ralph Wells of WBM Property Ltd, cllr David Renard, leader of Swindon Borough Council, cllr Oliver Donachie, Chris Parsons, economic development officer at Swindon Borough Council, and Philip Cranstone of CBREWork has begun on a new warehouse and industrial complex in Swindon.

Manufacturing and distribution units of 36,750 to 78,750 sq ft will be built at Trinity Park at Hillmead, Swindon by Trebor Developments and partner Hillwood.

“We are pleased to commence the construction of this speculative development following another off-market site acquisition," said James Drew, development director at Trebor Developments.

"Swindon has a long-established industrial heritage with a skilled workforce and is strategically located with access to the M4 and the wider Motorway network.

“We are already having positive discussions with occupiers from a range of sectors and seeing construction commence on site reinforces the message to the market that the new accommodation will be available to occupy at the end of this year.”

Trinity Park is well connected by road, with Junction 16 of the M4 just three miles to the South West and the A419 three miles to the North West.

Trebor and Hillwood are represented by joint agents CBRE and WBM Property.

Councillor Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for the economy and place, said: “Trebor Developments’ investment in Trinity Park is a real show of confidence in Swindon and I am delighted the company has recognised the potential in the site.

“We have a strong economy most cities would be proud of, fantastic transport links and we know we have talented people in our town.

"It is encouraging there has been such strong interest in the site from potential occupiers and I look forward to seeing which new employer wants to join the long list of major companies that already do business in Swindon.”


Swindon offices with planning permission for retail use come to market

Written by Peter Davison.

109-110 Commercial RoadA property on Swindon's busy Commercial Road has come on to the market with property agent Kilpatrick & Co.

Unit 1, 109/110 Commercial Road is currently fitted out for A2 office/business use, but has planning permission for A1 retail use. Other uses may be considered subject to planning.

The property enjoys a prominent position in Commercial Road next to Fantasia supermarket with The Granville Street public car park located immediately to the rear of the property.

The ground floor unit, approximately 1,052 sq ft is open plan, with suspended ceilings, recessed lighting, carpeted and heated via electric heaters. To the rear of the property there is a kitchen area and male and female toilets. The asking rent is £18,000 per annum.

Kilpatrick & Co’s office manager Daniel Pitt said: “Commercial Road does continue to be a popular choice for businesses looking for new or additional space.

"We also currently have 119 Commercial Road available and we would advise interested parties to either download the particulars from our website or alternatively to call our office to request further information and to arrange a viewing.”