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Berkeley House offers quality, flexible and affordable office space.

The building which was historically occupied by the Vickers engineering company who manufactured Spitfires, Wellingtons and other aircraft during the Second World War, has been sympathetically refurbished to provide modern, technologically-enabled space, whilst retaining much of its original character.

FAQs

Q: What products and services can Berkeley House provide?

A: We provide good quality and affordable serviced and traditional office, workshop, light industrial and warehouse space in an historic and strategic location.

Q: Who are Berkeley House customers?

A: Berkeley House industrial and office space can and already is being used by a wide range of companies ranging from one-person start up’s to blue chip multinationals. The advantages, which Berkeley House can offer are also very attractive to rapidly expanding companies or those testing a new location or market.

Q: What are serviced offices?

A: Serviced offices are an instant, flexible and easy to use office space solution.

Q: What are the benefits of using a serviced office?

A: Flexible lease/licence structure - thus allowing a company to expand and contract as the needs of their business change and their staff levels fluctuate.

Cost effectiveness - a serviced office solution will avoid the cost of expensive building refurbishment at the start of a lease, dilapidations claims at the end of a lease and the purchase of expensive equipment/facilities, which can be shared.

Ease of entry - we are used to dealing with companies who need to move in to their office quickly and without undue commotion. We aim to minimize the disruption caused to your company in order that you can focus on running your business.

Q: What industrial space is on offer?

A: Berkeley House has a range of Industrial units from in size from 425 to 1,244 sq. ft.

Q: How long is the commitment?

A: The minimum commitment is six calendar months. Our no-nonsense licensing terms could not be simpler. We operate a flexible approach through easy to understand automatically renewable licences or leases.

Q: What is included in the Licence fee?

A: Estate charges, building insurance, property maintenance, lighting, heating, reception, mail handling, security, waste disposal and vehicle parking.

Q: What is the benefit in taking a Licence?

A: A licence has no long-term commitment whereas a lease usually has a commitment of several years.

Q: What happens if we outgrow our existing office or industrial space or
need to down size?

A: In order to meet your changing needs we offer total flexibility. We will always be happy to give you additional space or if necessary, move you in to one of our smaller units - subject to availability.

Q: Who do I contact to ask more questions regarding Berkeley House?

A: Ian Hellis:
Berkeley House, Hunts Rise, South Marston Park, Swindon, SN3 4TG
Telephone: 01793 825 800
info@berkeleyhouseswindon.co.uk

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History

In 1940-1941, The South Marston works of Vickers Ltd moved into buildings constructed by the Ministry of Aircraft production.

Spitfires, Wellingtons and other aircraft were manufactured at the site and at it's peak during the Second World War Vickers produced 444 Spitfires a month - 20,000 by the end of 1945 and employed thousands of local people.

The site was later developed as a composite engineering establishment with research, design, development and manufacturing facilities. They covered a floor area of some 760,000 square feet with a total workforce of 2,500.

Vickers was described as being unique among British industrial firms. It not only had a predominant role in manufacture, but also a major involvement in three basic industries on the shopping list of socialist governments. The company therefore came under increasing pressure because its fortunes were determined by the complexities of national defence policy, and also how a Labour government would treat it. When would the businesses be taken, how would it be done and would fair compensation be paid?

Given these circumstances, Vickers' achievement was to survive, which it duly did. It remained among the
British industrial leaders. To Vickers' credit, when its interests in steel, shipbuilding and aircraft were finally nationalised all three were desirable assets, technically competent and profitable.

On the 10th September 1984, Swindon's Evening Advertiser newspaper printed an article announcing that Vickers was to sell off its 570-acre site and airfield at South Marston. At this time the site was made up of 200 acres of prime industrial land, together with 370 acres of airfield and farmland. Vickers was hopeful that it would all be sold within two years. At the time the airfield could not be developed but there were 90 acres of undeveloped land that had industrial planning permission.

The design building in Hunts Rise was adapted and housed - The Salamander Works which made trunking
which survived until the early 2000's when Business Space Services bought the site for extensive refurbishment. The exterior has remained relatively untouched and still retains the executive reception at the rear of the building.

The building has recently been renamed 'Berkeley House' and provides modern, technologically enabled business and light industrial accommodation.

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