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Arrival of senior surveyor strengthens GVA’s South West office agency team

October 20, 2014
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Arrival of senior surveyor strengthens GVA’s South West office agency team

Property agency GVA has expanded its regional office agency team with the appointment of Alex Riddell as a senior surveyor. Alex, pictured, joins GVA at a time of strong growth for the South West office in Bristol and its office agency team in particular, which has just been placed at the top of the...

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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

October 20, 2014
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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

M4 corridor commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has appointed two solicitors to its fast-growing commercial property team as a result of continued organic growth and a series of new client wins. Associate Steve Schofield and solicitor Beth Nicholls will further strengthen Thrings’ commercial property and construction offering across...

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Construction firm Beard’s dragon boat team boosts Prospect Hospice’s coffers

October 10, 2014
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Construction firm Beard’s dragon boat team boosts Prospect Hospice’s coffers

Staff from Swindon construction firm Beard have raised £445 for the company’s chosen charity Prospect Hospice by dragon boat racing. The 20 members of staff and their families – from directors to the newest trainee – raised the money through sponsorship for their team in the Swindon Rotary Club annual Dragon Boat Race for...

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Swindon office campus to be torn down to make way for Aldi supermarket

October 10, 2014
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Swindon office campus to be torn down to make way for Aldi supermarket

Plans for an Aldi supermarket on the site of a disused Swindon office campus have been given the go-ahead. London-based Picton Capital won approval for the scheme at Westlea Campus from Swindon Borough Council’s planning committee. It is the latest in a string of redevelopment projects of outdated offices and factories around the town....

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Powerful boost to Swindon’s economy expected after Hinkley Point C nuclear plant gets approval

October 9, 2014
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Powerful boost to Swindon’s economy expected after Hinkley Point C nuclear plant gets approval

Swindon’s economy will get a boost from the £24.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station approved this week by the European Commission, according to experts. The controversial plant, on the Somerset coast near Bridgwater, will be Britain’s first new nuclear reactor for nearly 20 years and could create around 25,000 jobs across the region...

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Wraps taken off plans for Swindon town centre’s ‘vibrant’ new commercial heart

October 3, 2014
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Wraps taken off plans for Swindon town centre’s ‘vibrant’ new commercial heart

The second phase of Swindon’s Kimmerfields regeneration scheme has been launched with promise that it will bring “vitality and vibrancy” to the town centre by adding a new and much-needed commercial district capable. The £350m project, led by Muse Developments and backed by landowner Homes and Communities Agency, is transforming a prime 20-acre zone...

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Kids give thumbs-up to Beard’s much-needed school extension

October 3, 2014
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Kids give thumbs-up to Beard’s much-needed school extension

Pupils at Swindon’s Haydonleigh Primary School have given its £3m extension the thumbs-up after joining construction group Beard’s project manager Jamie Robertson for a final inspection. The new two-storey building, which has not yet been officially handed over, will provide an extra 140 places to increase the school’s capacity to 630 pupils. Pupil numbers...

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Swindon town centre former Zurich showpiece office comes onto market

October 3, 2014
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Swindon town centre former Zurich showpiece office comes onto market

One of Swindon town centre’s largest office buildings has come onto the market as the commercial property recovery continues. The Platform on Station Road, pictured, was previously insurance giant Zurich’s UK Life Centre. The 76,500 sq ft building is being marketed as a single unit by Swindon-based joint agents Smethurst Property Consultants and Whitmarsh...

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New commercial property agency launched by Swindon market expert

October 3, 2014
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New commercial property agency launched by Swindon market expert

Commercial property agent Daniel Smethurst has launched his own business, Smethurst Property Consultants, to focus on the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire region.   Daniel, pictured, has more than 14 years’ commercial property experience in the region, having spent 11 years at Swindon firm Whitmarsh Lockhart, which he joined as a graduate surveyor, before becoming a...

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Forward Swindon appoints council’s Wichelstowe development manager as interim chief executive

October 2, 2014
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Forward Swindon appoints council’s Wichelstowe development manager as interim chief executive

Deborah Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s development manager for Wichelstowe, is to become interim chief executive officer for economic regeneration company Forward Swindon. She will take up the role on November 3 and stay in the post until a permanent chief executive has been recruited. Ms Heenan brings specialist knowledge and skills in housing, development...

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