Commercial property

Commercial property news from Swindon and Wiltshire.

Close shave for Marlborough as Turkish barber moves to town

Written by Peter Davison.

Unit 3 Old Hughenden YardA Turkish barber has taken the lease on an historic building in central Marlborough, in a deal negotiated by commercial property agents Kavanaghs.

Mustafa Dolasir, who is expanding The Turkish Job Barbers from his Andover base, has opened an outlet at Unit 3 of the quaint Old Hughenden Yard, an historic alley of independent businesses.

The open plan unit with high ceilings and prominent display window was let at the asking rent of £9,000 PA.

Stephen Brickell, commercial property manager at Kavanaghs, said: "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.

"We are continuing to receive enquires for property in Marlborough and similar towns throughout the south and west and would welcome the opportunity to speak to landlords about any property they have which could benefit from our comprehensive management and agency service.”

Company opens door to new base

Written by Peter Davison.

Unit 206, Beacon Centre, AmesburyA prime industrial/warehouse unit on a new development at one of Wiltshire’s most popular and convenient business parks has been snapped up by a firm specialising in doorway solutions.

Property consultancy Myddelton & Major has successfully negotiated the letting of Unit 206 at the Beacon Centre development on Solstice Park, Amesbury.

Quoting rent for the 2,751 sq ft unit on Solar Way was £17,250 per annum and new tenant Denleigh has signed a six-year lease.

Myddelton & Major Surveyor Gary Mead said: “Denleigh a long-established, independent Salisbury business, which is a leading provider of doorway solutions, including architectural ironmongery and bespoke internal feature doors”.

“I was pleased to help facilitate the long-term let on this property for the company which has been working for over four decades with construction professionals such as architects, interior designers, property developers, quantity surveyors and builders.”

The 160-acre Solstice Park ­– at the gateway to the South West – is both popular and convenient ­ and even has direct access to the A303 trunk road after building its own junctions on the busy dual carriageway.

Established in October 2005 and named to associate itself with nearby Stonehenge, its major occupiers include Home Bargains, Muller Wiseman Dairies and Tintometer.

The Beacon Centre occupies a prime location at the gateway to both Solstice Park and the 20-acre industrial/distribution zone.

Commercial agent brings three Swindon properties to market

Written by Peter Davison.

1 Commercial RoadProperty agent Kilpatrick & Co has brought three new properties on Swindon's busy Commercial Road to market.

The firm has been instructed to manage 1, 18-22, and 53 Commercial Road – bringing to five its portfolio on the same road, two of which are already under offer.

1 Commercial Road part of a three-storey building is a virtual freehold comprising the entire ground floor with its entrance onto Commercial Road and side windows onto Eastcott Hill.

Currently set out as open plan offices, totalling 1,087 sq ft, the configuration also includes meeting rooms, staffroom, toilets, and storage facilities at basement level and with the added bonus of two car parking spaces at the rear. The long leasehold of 999 years is available at an asking price of £160,000.

With the relocation and departure of Office Angels from Commercial Road, No. 18-22, totalling 1,718 sq ft is also set out as open plan and rear partitioned offices and meeting rooms accompanied by a staff room/kitchenette with male and female toilets.

There are two car parking spaces to the rear and while the property is currently suitable for continued A2 business use this could be converted to retail as a whole or possibly subdivided into 2 units. The asking rent is £35,000 per annum

Kilpatrick & Co is no stranger to the last of the trio, having completed the freehold sale back in 2018. No. 53 Commercial Road has been completely refurbished and the landlord has converted the rear and upper parts of the property to residential, leaving a ground floor A1 retail shop available to rent at an asking rent of £12,000 per annum.

The shop of 324 sq ft retains its prominent display window to Commercial Road and return frontage to Morse Street and would be suitable for any retail use. Both the exterior and interior of the property has been refurbished with a new shop front, door and side windows installed with a new tiled floor, redecorations and toilet to the rear.

“It is very exciting for us to have the opportunity to market these three new properties to our agency department. All the property details, including particulars are available to download from our website at" said office manager Daniel Pitt.

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.

Bluestone first phase now fully occupied

Written by Peter Davison.

Unit 3 The Bluestone Centre AmesburyThe first phase of the Bluestone Centre near Amesbury is now fully occupied following the letting of the final unit.

The centre, which sits just outside the town on the giant 160-acre Solstice Park, is the first new-build business centre development there for more than a decade.

Unit 3 has been let to Solstice Leisure Ltd as a Hot Tub Showroom, in a deal brokered by property consultancy Myddelton & Major.

Quoting rent for the 1,485 sq ft (137.96 sq m) warehouse/industrial unit was £8,750 and Solstice Leisure has agreed a six-year lease.

Myddelton & Major surveyor Gary Mead said: “This exciting new development of units suitable for office, light industrial and warehouse use is proving exceptionally successful.

“The letting of Unit 3, marks the completion of Phase 1, The Bluestone Centre with all units now occupied.

“The high-specification centre has units ranging from 1,485 sq ft to 2,270 sq ft and aimed especially at smaller businesses and many were sold off-plan.

“This demonstrates both a growing confidence in the region’s commercial property market and an acute shortage of capacity in an area where demand outstrips supply.

“Bluestone is particularly significant for employment prospects in Wiltshire with 131,630 people of employment age living within a 30 minute drive.”
Solstice Park, Amesbury, just nine miles north of Salisbury, has good links to the motorway network via the A303/M3 to London and to the north via the A34 to the M4 and M40.

The Bluestone Centre – named after ancient stones at nearby Stonehenge – is on Sun Rise Way, which forms part of the 160-acre mixed use park.

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.

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.

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