Lucy Bedford

Retail review 2023

There’s lot of doom and gloom in the media about the state of the retail market, but my experience during the first two months of the year has proven it’s not as bad as is being reported. I’m very pleased to be acting for Evolve Estates, who acquired the Borough Parade Shopping Centre in Chippenham

Hat Trick of New Deals to start the Year

The first couple of weeks of January always used to be a fairly quiet time for marketing activity.  The deals that parties wanted done by Christmas were generally done, and it would take a couple of weeks after the Christmas and New Year break for people to return to work mode and think about properties

Signs of the Office Market returning!

Much discussion has been had about what the office market of the future will be like, as we move out of COVID restrictions.  There appears to be universal agreement in the property sector that the use of office space will change forever, with a greater emphasis on flexible working meaning companies require less floor space.

New nail bar and spa for Devizes

A new nail bar and spa has opened in the Market Place, Devizes following a letting completed by Chippenham-based property consultancy Huw Thomas Commercial. Acting on behalf of a local investor; earlier in the year Huw Thomas Commercial negotiated the freehold acquisition of the former William Hill betting shop after the bookmaker had closed the

Melksham tanning salon opens

With holidays abroad limiting the opportunities for getting a summer sun tan, a new tanning salon has opened in Melksham, following a letting by Huw Thomas Commercial. 10a Bath Road, Melksham has undergone an extensive fit out programme to provide the latest in sun bed technology, and has recently opened trading as The Tanning Bar.

New rum bar for Devizes!

Following the recent grant of planning consent, local business Muck & Dunder have completed the lease on 20a The Brittox in Devizes for a new rum bar. The extensive premises, which was formerly home to The Beehive, has been acquired by Michelle and Stuart Field who have previously run their mobile rum bar, Muck &

Black Farmer chooses Chippenham for new facility

Food production business The Black Farmer has chosen a warehouse unit in Chippenham as their fulfilment and distribution centre to serve the many farm shops that stock their range of products. Established by Wilfred Emanuel Jones MBE in 1999, The Black Farmer brand celebrates British farming by using only British meat; but also supports the

Two swift lettings at Westpoint in Chippenham

Within only a very short space of time from the Landlord completing the refurbishment of two industrial / warehouse units, both have secured new occupiers. Units 9 and 10 of the Westpoint development on Chippenham’s Bumpers Farm Estate have undergone a refurbishment programme by property owner Logicor, which has included full internal and external redecoration,

Chippenham Trade Centre fully let

A new letting has been completed at the Chippenham Trade Centre on the Bumpers Farm Estate in Chippenham. The Centre, where other occupiers include Screwfix; Plumbase; Boels Hire; Rexel and ETB Exhausts and Batteries, is now fully occupied. The new tenant is Motor Parts Direct who already have over 140 branches across the country and

Green light for blue light base in Chippenham

Following the grant of planning permission at the end of 2020, Huw Thomas Commercial has completed the letting of Unit 11 Bath Road Industrial Estate, Chippenham, to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for their new ambulance and rapid response vehicle base for the Chippenham area. The modern detached 3,000 sq.ft industrial unit

Strong demand for small units in Calne

Early in 2020, Calne-based business Total Connections took the opportunity to consolidate their business from five small units at Porte Marsh Workshops in Calne, into one larger one on Clark Avenue on the Porte Marsh Estate. Wiltshire Council, as owner of Porte Marsh Workshops, then instructed Chippenham-based Huw Thomas Commercial to find new occupiers for