Ambitious inspector moves into new offices in a business park
Kiwa, a testing and inspection company, has moved into new offices in a business park located in Gloucestershire.
Kiwa has become the latest tenant mixed use campus Grange Park in Bishop’s Cleeve.
The firm has now moved into a Grange Park ground floor office suite measuring 4,300 sq.ft. Next spring, the company will move to a larger first-floor suite that is being prepared to meet its specifications.
Kiwa, a global top 20 business in its field, already has premises in Stoke Road, Bishop’s Cleeve which will remain the gas, solid fuel and renewables test labs, consultancy and training centre.
The 35-member Central Services team has relocated to Grange Park in order to allow for continued growth. It is anticipated that the number of people there will increase significantly.
Mark Horwood, Kiwa UK chief finance officer, said: “We wanted somewhere not too far from our existing site and somewhere we could expand. We looked around but were drawn to Grange Park’s vision. It is modern, innovative, exciting, and dynamic.
“Our employees are our most important asset, and we really liked the people first approach at Grange Park which nicely reflects our vision for Kiwa. And the building has a prestige that we feel matches our organisation.”
Grange Park is being reimagined as a ‘people first’ mixed use campus where staff and visitors can work, relax and exercise amid mature trees in 14 acres of parkland next to Grangefield, a further 11 acres of accessible wetland, wildflower meadow, orchard and ponds.
The Grange, the former Zurich Insurance head office, is being renovated as part of a multi-million pound project to completely transform the entire site.
Phase one of the extensive refurbishment will include a concierge reception as well as reimagined office spaces starting at 5,000 sq.ft.
Kiwa’s first floor office lease is for ten years, with a five year break.
Mark, who was one of the first to move to Grange Park, said: “This will be a permanent base for Central Services which supports Kiwa operations across the UK.
“It will give us greater profile, scope for expansion and, being surrounded by parkland, it will give our employees a very pleasant environment.
“The lease negotiations went smoothly, there were no issues at all and the fit-out was done by the landlord to a high standard with no snagging and, incredibly quickly. The contractors were excellent, and we have lovely offices that people enjoy coming to.”
Richard Crabb, from joint letting agents THP, said: “More than 45 per cent of the building is already let or under offer and we are actively talking to other potential occupiers.”
Ian Wills, from joint letting agents JLL, added: “There’s a lot of interest in Grange Park. The green space, parking provision and low rents make for a very compelling proposition.”
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