Batt Broadbent relocate in Chippenham

Wiltshire based legal practice Batt Broadbent are expanding their office in Chippenham by relocating to 65 St Mary Street. The location is the traditional “professional” street in the town, with adjacent occupiers including fellow lawyers Forrester Sylvester Mackett and accountants Pearson May. The period building will provide the firm with over 3,000 sq.ft of office space, plus on site car parking. The letting was agreed by Huw Thomas of Huw Thomas Commercial, acting on behalf of private owners of the property. He comments “Batt Broadbent have been looking for some time to expand their presence in Chippenham and have their own front door, rather than be in shared building where they are at present.  65 St Mary Street is an attractive building that has recently been fully redecorated and carpeted so presents very well and was attractive to Batt Broadbent”. … Continued

No summer holiday for the industrial market!

The month of August is traditionally a quiet month in the property market when applicants, agents and solicitors go on holiday, meaning that usually very few deals are agreed and completed during the month. August this year however was been very different, with a number of deals completed during the month by Huw Thomas Commercial. Early in the month, a 5, 500 sqft industrial unit at Corsham Commercial Centre in Corsham, was let to local company AJM Engineering Ltd, to facilitate their expansion. Attention then moved to the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham, where a run of 3 lettings in 2 weeks saw three different businesses acquire additional space. Firstly, racing wheel manufacturer Dymag, signed up for Unit A/B Brunel Park, an 18,000 sqft industrial / warehouse unit that had just been partially refurbished by the Landlord.  Dymag agreed … Continued

Town centre land available

A rare opportunity has arisen to acquire freehold land and buildings in Melksham town centre. The owners of The Old Stable Market, just off the High Street, have made a decision to retire and sell their site. Chippenham-based commercial property consultancy Huw Thomas Commercial has been instructed to market the property. Old Stable Market provides a range of properties currently used for a variety of uses to include showroom, retail sales, office, storage, residential flat and a workshop /store. The whole site extends to approximately 0.15 of an acre and has a total built space of approximately 6,500sq.ft. Selling agent Huw Thomas comments – “It is very rare for a town centre site such as this to come to the market. The site offers opportunities for ongoing retail uses or, subject to planning consent, the site could be redeveloped for … Continued

Somerset investment sold

Despite the current economic uncertainty, commercial property investments are still keenly sought after by investors. Chippenham-based Huw Thomas Commercial property consultancy has just sold a retail investment in the Somerset town of Midsomer Norton for in excess of its guide price. The High Street shop is let to the regional charity Dorothy House Foundation on a lease to 2022 at a rental of £20,000 per annum. Huw Thomas who acted for the vendor comments “We set the guide price at a realistic figure of £225,000 in order to attract interest. I’m very pleased to say that worked and within a very short space of time we had multiple bids, resulting in the property being sold for well in excess of its guide price.” For further information please contact Huw Thomas on 01249 704345 / 07970 494369 or email

The successful retail sector that doesn’t get mentioned!

When talking of the retail market, the media headlines have been for high profile failures and High Street names in trading difficulties such as House of Fraser, Debenhams, Poundworld, HMV, Toys’R’Us to name just a few. What the media have not picked up, or perhaps they just prefer bad news stories, is the resurgence of the secondary retail market; those locations just off the main High Street or Shopping Precinct, where rents are more affordable and service charges are low or non-existent. The market towns of Wiltshire can virtually all boast good demand in this sector, with hair and beauty; food and drink and quasi-medical uses to the fore. Leading the way has been the number of barber shops opening! It still amazes me the number we now have in some towns in the area. Are they all going to … Continued

Beck & Pollitzer Engineering relocate to Chippenham

The shortage of supply of industrial and warehouse units in Wiltshire has been well documented for some time now. In the City of Bath the problem is even worse. The demand on land for high value uses such as student housing, hotel and residential apartments has led to a number of former industrial and warehouse sites being redeveloped for these uses. The failure to find alternative premises in the City has resulted in Beck & Pollitzer Engineering Limited relocating from Bath to Chippenham.  The company that specialises in machinery installations, has acquired a 3,500 sq.ft unit on Chippenham Trade Centre, part of the Bumpers Farm Estate. The unit that had recently been refurbished by the owner was let by Chippenham commercial property consultants Huw Thomas Commercial. Huw Thomas comments “Beck & Pollitzer could not find suitable property in Bath so … Continued

Early year success with sale of Devizes industrial unit

Before the end of January, Huw Thomas Commercial has completed their first freehold disposal of the year. Located on the Hopton Industrial Estate in Devizes, the Glenmore Centre is a development of modern industrial units. Unit 9 has been sold to Devizes Fire Protection Ltd to facilitate their expansion as their business in the area grows. The end of terrace unit provides ground floor workshop and storage space of approximately 921 sq.ft (85.63 sq.m) and first floor offices of approximately 892 sq.ft (82.87 sq.m). Huw Thomas, who sold the unit on behalf of a private client, comments “With so few units of this nature available in the market, we had a number of parties expressing interest in this unit. Devizes Fire Protection Ltd is a very successful and expanding local company and I was delighted to agree terms with them … Continued

New Veterinary Practice for Chippenham

Chippenham is to get a new veterinary practice, following completion of the letting of 41 -42 New Road. The property has been let by Huw Thomas Commercial to Chalkland Vets Ltd who are currently fitting out the property and aim to open for business in April 2019. The owners of the practice, Selina Walters and Phillipa Hunt, are small animal specialists and with more and more houses being built and planned in and around Chippenham, saw the opportunity to set up their new business in the town. Having been granted planning consent for a change of use on the former office building, the lease was completed in January. Huw Thomas of Huw Thomas Commercial comments: “The property is a Listed Building so, aside from Change of Use, the vets required Listed Building consent that took longer than anticipated to obtain, … Continued

Town centre office space let

A first floor office suite in the centre of Chippenham has been let to Olive Branch Counselling who are relocating within the town. The suite of 1,299sq ft within Saxon Court on Gladstone Road was let by Huw Thomas Commercial on behalf of the property’s owner, and comes with on site parking at the rear of the property. Letting agent Huw Thomas comments: “Olive Branch were looking to relocate from their long standing office in New Road, Chippenham. They wanted to stay in the town centre; be accessible to public transport and ideally have some parking spaces. Saxon Court met all their wishes and our client is delighted to have them as a tenant.” Olive Branch Counselling are a professional counselling agency that aims to provide a safe, secure and confidential environment in which to address any issues that are … Continued

New Micropub for Chippenham

Chippenham is to get its first “micropub” thanks to a letting recently completed by Huw Thomas Commercial. The Prince of Wales Micropub will open at 8 Station Hill in the centre of Chippenham. Micropubs have become fashionable in recent years with local ones already open in Pewsey and Devizes. The new venture will be run by Tom Kyte, who is well known locally for his involvement with the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale and being part of the organising committee for the annual Chippenham Beer Festival. Huw Thomas comments “I am delighted to have been able ale to help Tom realise his dream of opening a new micropub in Chippenham. The letting is part of a rejuvenation that Station Hill is currently experiencing with new tattoo parlour and Thai massage parlour also having opened there recently.  A … Continued