News from Robert Hitchins Limited
Estates Gazette Property Company of the Year in Wales 2005
7 October 2005
?10 MILLION POUND INVESTMENT FOR MONMOUTHSHIRE SITE
Up to 500 new jobs are likely to be created following the completion of a 17-acre mixed use, multi- occupied business park at Caldicot, Monmouthshire by commercial property developer Robert Hitchins Limited.
Once fully occupied, the re-branded Castlegate Business Park will become the largest employment location in the county.
Newport Networks is the latest company to agree lease terms on 1,115 square meters (12,000 square feet). At the cutting edge of „voice over the internet‟ development, it recently floated on the FTSE AIM Index.
Chief executive officer, John Everard said: “We‟ve been searching for a base to facilitate
our ambitious growth plans, and Castlegate Business Park will provide a flexible option in a serviced environment which allows us to expand from our current Chepstow base. It‟s
the next phase in Newport Networks‟ development, building significantly on our success
The Park was previously owned by Mitel Networks, a leading global provider of enterprise and small business communications solutions. The company will retain its European headquarters on-site through a lease-back arrangement, also confirming its long term commitment to the location and, importantly for the region, guaranteeing the future of this major employer locally.
“We look forward to being part of the new Castlegate Business Park. Mitel has agreed a long-term lease-back deal with Robert Hitchins and our business will operate as usual,”
added Mitel‟s managing director, Graham Bevington.
Two other tenants – Breconridge and Zarlink - have further agreed extensions to their leases with several other blue chip companies expressing strong interest in re-location deals, attracted by attractive surroundings, flexible and high quality business accommodation.
Castlegate Business Park offers easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways. Just minutes from the two Severn Bridge river crossings connecting Bristol with Newport, Cardiff and beyond, the renowned Marriott St. Pierre Hotel and Country Club and Chepstow Racecourse are also close at hand.
In total, the Park boasts 25,362 square metres (273,000 square feet) of office, production and storage space. Office suites and production space will be available from 465 square metres (5,000 square feet) to 2,787 metres (30,000 square feet).
It is one of a number of highly prestigious development projects currently underway in south Wales through the Robert Hitchins Cardiff office, attracting a diverse range of tenants from the IT, telecommunications and public sectors, all benefiting from competitive pricing, an excellent transport infrastructure and a well-qualified local workforce.
The company‟s expanding portfolio across the region includes Eastern Business Park in
Cardiff, Rassau Industrial Estate, Cleppa 4 in Newport and live development projects at Langstone Business Park and Fusion Point 2 in central Cardiff.
“Castlegate Business Park will be the premier business location in east Wales, providing quality commercial accommodation at highly competitive rental levels, on flexible lease terms,” said David Herbert, development consultant - Wales, Robert Hitchins.
Extensive redevelopment is scheduled over the next 12 months, including new office suites totalling 6,500 square meters (70,000 square feet), as well as refurbishment of internal areas. The site already offers extensive catering and restaurant amenities with additional facilities under consideration, including a children‟s crèche and fully-equipped
Robert Hitchins will maintain a project office on-site for the duration of the redevelopment with group building surveyor, Richard King, assuming overall responsibility.
Richard Linnell, Linnell‟s on 01633 212266
Huw Thomas, King Sturge on 029 2022 7666
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Picture caption: Newport Networks – the latest to agree lease terms at Castlegate
Business Park, Monmouthshire. L-R David Herbert (Robert Hitchins development consultant – Wales), John Everard (CEO Newport Networks) and Richard King (Robert Hitchins group building surveyor).
The Robert Hitchins Group was formed more than 45 years ago. With its headquarters based on the outskirts of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the company has developed more than 14,000 houses and over 114,000 square metres (500,000 square feet) of commercial property. A new regional office at Eastern Business Park, Cardiff was opened in 2005 to administer the company‟s commercial operations across south Wales.
The Group continues to expand geographically and is now positioned as a leading regional developer and property investor. The company has built an enviable portfolio with extensive and significant interests in developments, property and land across the Midlands and South West, as well as south Wales.
The Robert Hitchins Limited commercial team deals with the full development process –
from site acquisition and planning through to development, lettings, management and investment sales.
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