Commercial property

Commercial property news from Swindon and Wiltshire.

Former village primary school with potential comes to market

Written by Peter Davison.

The former St Michael's Primary School in FigheldeanA former Victorian primary school in the historic village of Figheldean, near Salisbury, has become available to buy or to rent.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has been instructed to market the former St Michael’s primary school premises, which occupies a site of approximately 0.71 acres (0.287 ha).

It is available either to buy as a freehold property, or to rent on a new lease. The price is available on application and offers are invited for either option.

Myddelton & Major partner Dean Speer said: “This former school site has potential for a range of uses, subject to planning.

“Figheldean is a historic village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, which lies alongside the River Avon on the southern edge of Salisbury Plain.

“The site adjoins established residential development on the southern edge of the village and the Figheldean Social Club is across the road.

“The school building dates back to 1885 and currently has classrooms, offices, and WC facilities. There are also a number of temporary classrooms and the buildings measure 1,647 sq ft.”

New offices for enterprise partnership

Written by Peter Davison.

Digital Mansion CorshamSwindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has moved into offices at the newly-refurbished Digital Mansion Corsham.

The previously vacant landmark building in Corsham town centre was opened in March this year. A new glass-fronted extension was added to the main entrance of the Grade II listed house.

It will now provide small units, meeting rooms and break out areas for local digital start-up businesses.

The building was developed by Wiltshire Council using £2.5m of funding from the SWLEP.

"I’m delighted that we have successfully moved to the Digital Mansion Corsham which will enable us to continue our growth strategy and deliver the Local Industrial Strategy over the coming years," said SWLEP director Paddy Bradley.

"Using Digital Mansion Corsham as a base will allow us to continue to work with our partners, as we set the economic priorities for Swindon and Wiltshire, facilitating projects that help accelerate economic growth and job creation in the area."

SWLEP was previously based at Wiltshire Council's Monkton Hill offices in Chippenham.

Construction underway at major new development

Written by Peter Davison.

Swan Business CentreA major new development of starter units for small to medium businesses, The Swan Business Centre, is being constructed at expanding Warminster Business Park.

Nationwide Engineering Group is to develop 19 new units, ranging from 500 sq ft to 2,250 sq ft, at the strategically-located industrial park.

This follows Swindon-based Nationwide’s recent completion of a £10.5 million, 36-unit new business development at the Bluestone Centre on Amesbury’s giant 160-acre Solstice Park, which directly created 200 jobs.

Construction work at Warminster is now underway with the estimated completion date for the speculative development due in Spring 2020.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has been instructed to market the Swan Business Centreunits off-plan on behalf of Nationwide.

Myddelton & Major partner Philip Holford said: “Demand for industrial units in the region continues to outstrip supply, prompting Nationwide’s new development.

“Sales of 10 units have already been agreed and we anticipate strong demand from both existing businesses seeking new premises and start-ups – who will all find this development to be ideally situated in an established Business Park with good accessibility.

“The Business Park currently has an established mix of light, general industrial and warehouse/trade counter uses and this continued investment in Wiltshire by Nationwide shows sustained confidence in the region.”
Of the Swan Business Centre’s 19 units, two are 500 sq ft, four are 1000 sq ft, 11 are 1,500 sq ft and 2 are 2,250 sq ft. All units have mezzanine floors except the two 500 sq ft units.

The units will be arranged in three blocks off Stephens Way on the 0.53-hectare site and 64 parking spaces have been allocated. Purchasers are encouraged to make early enquiries. Prices and terms are available on request to Myddelton & Major on 01722 337577 for the remaining nine units.

Warminster Business Park is situated to the south west of the town centre with direct access to the Bath Road, putting it within striking distance of the strategic junction of the A36 bypass and A350 with an adjacent BP petrol filling station and a Travelodge hotel.

Occupiers on the business park include Screwfix (to be built), Dents, Travis Perkins, Howden Joinery, NH Case, G&T Packaging, Half Moon Bay and Wiltshire Council.

Warminster, the large market and garrison town at the heart of Wiltshire between Salisbury and Bath, serves a local population of 17,490, a district population of 127,900 and a substantial garrison based in the town.


Restaurant snaps up former photography studio

Written by Peter Davison.

138-139 Victoria Road - SwindonCommercial property agent Kilpatrick & Co has successfully let Unit 3, 138-139 Victoria Road, Swindon – a former photographer's studio – as storage for a well-established and successful Old Town restaurant.

Located half way along Victoria Road the property forms part of Victoria Centre, a two-storey building which is also home to Swindon Tuition Centre and S.T. Richings Antique Clock Repairs.

Kilpatrick & Co’s office manager, Daniel Pitt said: “We were delighted that there was such strong interest in Unit 3, 138-139 Victoria Road and were pleased to achieve a letting for another local business in Old Town who required storage.

"The property did have A1 retail use and we received a lot of interest from other small businesses requiring space to be used as either workshop or studio space. It is reassuring that, despite all the political and Brexit uncertainty, there are still many people with businesses needing space to grow and expand.”

Eye-catching retail premises changes hands

Written by Peter Davison.

119 Commercial RoadA shop and offices with a striking Union Flag mural is changing from a recruitment agency to an estate agents.

The mural was painted to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee in 2012 as part of a street party thrown by businesses in Swindon's Commercial Road.

119 Commercial Road has been vacated by Field Recruitment, who have relocated elsewhere in Swindon, and been taken over by Peepal Estate Agents.

The property was marketed by commercial property agent Kilpatrick & Co.

The end of terrace, two-storey building extends to 863 sq ft with a ground floor retail / office space with a large display window overlooking Commercial Road on the ground floor and three offices above. The property also comes with three parking spaces.

Daniel Pitt of Kilpatrick & Co said: "Peepal Estate Agents will make a great addition to the other businesses and retailers along Commercial Road.

"There was much interest in the property from both business/office based companies and retailers, and restauranteurs also viewed the property.

"We do have a few more properties along Commercial Road, which may be of interest to businesses and we would encourage interested parties to contact us for details."

Bassett shops offered as investment opportunity

Written by Peter Davison.

32 High Street A pair of retail units on Royal Wootton Bassett High Street is being sold along with two associated flats as an investment property.

Built in the early 1800s, 32 High Street is just yards from the market town's iconic 17th century Town Hall, and is on the market for the first time in more than 40 years.

The three-storey Grade II listed property comprises two shops, measuring approximately 896 sq ft and 532 sq ft, both of which are let, along with two apartments, one of which is let, the other vacant and in need of refurbishment.

A cellar used for shared storage can be accessed via the larger retail unit. To the rear is a storage unit and parking for several cars.

The property is on the market with Moore Allen & Innocent in Cirencester. Offers in excess of £400,000 are invited.


Industrial estate bids welcome to auction company

Written by Peter Davison.

Marian Day, director of property and facilities management at HPH, with James HarveyOnline auction company The Auction Hub has signed a deal with HPH Commercial Property for new premises at the Woodland Industrial Estate in Westbury.

Founded by James Harvey formerly of Phillips, The Auction Hub is a UK-based online auction house with global reach, selling antique and contemporary items, fine art, cars, collectables and more.

The company – a subsidiary of Stockholm-based Auctionet, which provides online auction services to over 250,000 customers across Europe – was created to provide an online auction service with traditional values and expertise, providing a solution to individuals and professionals selling whole house contents or individual items.

The Auction Hub has joined an eclectic mix of successful businesses at the Woodlands Industrial Estate including the Paper Bag Company, Prezola, A Great Read, Safari Removals, Broad Lane Land Rovers and Allstar Fitness gym.

James Harvey, founder and managing director, said, “The Auction Hub is pleased to move into our new home at the Woodland Industrial Estate. Westbury is an excellent location providing a central base in the Wessex region with excellent transport routes that will enable The Auction Hub to serve both buyers and sellers.

“We would like to thank HPH for their total professionalism. Thanks to them we are two months ahead of our schedule and now ready to receive consignments for sale.”

The Auction Hub’s 10 year deal for 4,770 sq ft of newly renovated commercial floor space means that the Woodland Industrial Estate is now fully let.

HPH has invested heavily in the estate on Eden Vale Road, Westbury, renovating and modernising over 100,000 sq ft of commercial space over the past three years to suit a range of businesses.

Lindsay Holdoway, managing director of HPH Commercial Property, said, “At HPH we are proud to maintain excellent working relationships with our occupiers to support their business in as many ways as possible.

“The Auction Hub is a fantastic business and we are pleased to welcome them to join the thriving business community at the Woodland Industrial Estate.”

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