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Commercial property news from Swindon and Wiltshire.

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.

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.

New doors for Open Dawes as training firm relocates

Written by Peter Davison .

Chris DawesSwindon-based Open Dawes Training Ltd has moved to smart new offices, as business flows in for the presentation, public speaking and media training company.

Open Dawes Training, which offers CPD accredited training for organisations and individuals, has relocated to Nexus Business Centre’s serviced offices in Swindon, moving from Gemini House at Groundwell Industrial Estate.

The company’s founder and managing director Chris Dawes, who has a second career as a motor sports commentator, said the new venue better reflected the nature and growth of the training business and its clientele.

“We loved being in Gemini House, as our first office for the media side of Chris Dawes Comms, but the facilities at Nexus are great, and it’s an excellent venue to bring our clients when we are delivering one-to-one training.”

Open Dawes trains groups or individuals, either in-house or at its head office training centre at Nexus, in Cheney Manor. Its clients range from accountants and insurance companies, to public sector and charities, and professional sports people/management.

Chris is also developing an online training service, and has already coached a young Australian racing driver based in Brisbane, in presentation and public speaking skills.

Earlier this year the company was recognised by BBC Dragons’ Den’s former dragon Theo Paphitis, and invited to become one of an elite group of small businesses in the entrepreneur’s Small Business Sunday network.

In January, Chris – a regular commentator at motor sports venues across the UK and in Europe – was runner-up in the Commentator of the Year annual awards run by Motorsport Media, which broadcasts Motorsport Radio and online live visual broadcasts.

“Both sides of my business – Open Dawes Training and Chris Dawes Comms – are doing really well. Open Dawes Training in particular has really taken off and has now overtaken the media side.

"The commentating, voiceover, TV/radio presenting, and live event hosting business will become a sub-brand of Open Dawes.”


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.

Accountancy firm moves into Corsham offices

Written by Peter Davison.

22 High Street CorshamAccountancy and tax advisor Aylmer-Kelly Partnership has moved into new offices in central Corsham, in a deal brokered by commercial property agents Kilpatrick & Co.

The firm has moved into first and second floor offices at 22 High Street, Corsham above Haine & Smith Opticians.

The offices, of approximately 892 sq ft are self-contained in a period Cotswold stone building. The layout comprises three individual rooms on the first floor with a large kitchen and two individual offices with a WC on the second floor.

Andrew Kilpatrick said. “We are pleased that the lease has now completed and wish Aylmer-Kelly every continued success in their new offices.”

Global tech firm moves to Chippenham

Written by Peter Davison.

Bewley HouseLogistics technology firm Descartes Systems Group is moving into office space at Bewley House in Chippenham, coinciding with their UK team expansion.

The multinational technology company, headquartered in Canada, specialises in software and services to improve the operational efficiency and regulatory compliance of logistics and transportation operations with customers including John Lewis Partnership, Maersk Group and The Coca-Cola Company.

Employing over 1,300 people globally, they operate from 72 offices, three of which are in the UK.

Descartes Systems UK Ltd will be moving to the third floor of Bewley House, occupying 2,695 sq ft of office space joining global technology giant, Siemens PLC, and international engineering, design and consultancy company, Ramboll.

The Chippenham team will also be expanded having recently added a number of new hires in software development, customer support and marketing.

Andrew Tavener, head of marketing at Descartes, said: “Descartes is making this investment in the UK in order to continue to grow and attract the best talent in software development, support and sales and marketing.

“The new office is required to accommodate this and future growth. It will also provide us with first class facilities for staff, meetings and training with our customers.

"The central location and direct transport routes to London, Bristol and Bath makes it an ideal location for our employees and for business connections.”

HPH Commercial Property owns and manage the landmark Chippenham building in addition to many other office, industrial and retail space across the region.

HPH has invested heavily in Bewley House in recent years and the office building offers occupiers, shower facilities, superfast fibre to premises broadband, LED energy efficient lighting, electric vehicle charging points, intelligent lighting in stairwells, boasting strong sustainable and environmental credentials.

Lindsay Holdoway, managing director of HPH Commercial Property, said: “Descartes is a global leader in their sector and we look forward to welcoming them to Bewley House.

"HPH is delighted that another blue chip international company has decided to relocate to Bewley House. Our decision to undertake a significant investment in environmental technologies and facilities to promote greater health and well-being, as well as providing outstanding connectivity for the building is proving a compelling offer for modern businesses.”

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