Wigley Winter Roof Works

With the weather turning cold and damp the work load changes for The Wigley Group’s Facilities Management team. Following some sudden down pours and stormy weather, leaks had started to appear throughout one our client’s estates. Water was getting in through damaged sections of the roofs in three of the properties, causing damage to the tenant’s equipment and storage areas.

We received a call early on Monday morning from the concerned landlord. With our wealth of experience of maintaining our own portfolio of commercial property we got out within the hour to survey the damage and measure up in preparation for quoting.

By the end of the week we had quoted for replacement roof lights on 2 of the buildings, gutter replacement and heavy duty clean on 1 of the buildings along with replacement glass panels and flashings on the other building.

These quotes were accepted within 48 hours and the work commenced one week later with full Health & Safety procedures being implemented.  With the right accredited staff being allocated to the job, we were ready to go.

With the latest storms passing, the roofs remain dry and the landlord is more than happy with the works carried out. The landlord has also signed up for an annual gutter clear to prevent this problem from reoccurring in the future.

For more information about The Wigley Group’s Facilities Management services please contact me at peter@thewigleygroup.com or phone 02476 224600.

Pete Burnell

Facilities Co-ordinator

New Development Begins at The Wigley Group’s Henley Road Site

Work has started on a speculative development of industrial space in Coventry which aims to tackle a shortage of commercial property in the city.

Construction of three industrial units totalling nearly 16,000 sq ft is underway at Henley Road Industrial Estate, owned by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group.

Two of the units are 3,600 sq ft which could be combined to create one 7,200 sq ft space. The third unit is 8,700 sq ft and all have parking and roller doors.

James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, said: “We have heard for some time that Coventry lacks sufficient space for businesses who want to relocate or expand but companies in our sector need the right signals to take risks like this.

“In our experience, businesses that decide their current premises no longer meet their needs want to move quickly and aren’t prepared to wait for the right space to be built or become available.

“Therefore it’s important that buildings are ready to meet immediate requirements and firms aren’t forced to consider alternative location.

“We know that companies like ours can step up to meet these needs and help the local economy to grow but there needs to more signs from those responsible to drive development.

“We know we would be able to take greater risks if we had a pre-let in place and there are many agencies who help existing businesses in this area expand or are tasked with attracting firms to the region. We’d welcome the chance to work more closely with them.

“This is something we are keen to progress in 2017 and ensure that lack of stock is no longer a barrier to economic growth in this area.”

The Wigley Group met lead contractor Ciexbe Limited at a Platform Event networking event which brings together buyers suppliers in sectors including construction and facilities management. Vining Ltd will act as consultants and project managers throughout the site’s development.

Bromwich Hardy has been appointed as lead agent for the scheme.

Tom Bromwich of Bromwich Hardy said: “This is already an active multi tenanted industrial estate which has been consistently popular and we’re certain there will be strong interest in this new development.

“These new units are well positioned in the north of Coventry only a short drive from junction two of the M6 and offer easy access to central Coventry too.”

“Construction has already commenced but early enquirers could request the units were tailored to meet their needs where possible.”

Further details are available from Bromwich Hardy on 02476 308900.

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Left to right – Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy), James Davies and Robert Wigley (both The Wigley Group), Charlie Brooks (Ciexbe Limited) and Mike Vining (Vining Ltd).

Coventry 2021 UK City Of Culture Bid – ‘Eyes on Cov’ photography competition with The Wigley Group

Keen amateur photographers are being invited to capture a unique angle on Coventry as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

The ‘Eyes on Cov’ competition will give ten photographers the chance to use specialist working at height equipment to capture views of the city from up high.

Their ideas will be turned into reality by The Wigley Group who will supply the lifts which are normally used for construction projects.

After submitting their best photos from height, one winner will be chosen and will get to spend a day with award-winning Coventry photographer Jason Scott Tilley.

Laura McMillan, manager of the Coventry City of Culture Trust said: “Over the years, Coventry is a city which has had to reinvent itself countless times. It’s a place which – still today – is constantly rethinking what a city is for.”

“After the Second World War, the city which gave birth to modernism and attracted followers around the world with its revolutionary architecture.”

“Through our UK City of Culture bid we hope all eyes will again be on Coventry.”

“We’re calling all amateur photographers to join us in showing Coventry in a different light –in fact showing it from a completely different angle.”

“A huge part of our bid is about promoting the diverse cultural scene in Coventry including many aspects which don’t always enjoy much publicity.”

“In the same way this competition will give everyone a chance to capture a hidden or new take on our fantastic city.”

When choosing which applications to take forward, consideration will be given to the strength of the idea and the feasibility of the chosen location.

The competition was the brainchild of James Ellerington, The Wigley Group’s Head of Asset Management.

He said: “The Wigley Group is proud to call Coventry home and as soon as we heard about the UK City of Culture bid we wanted to show our support.”

“In the course of our facilities management work we are often required to work on top of buildings or use specialist lifts which give us a completely different view of the area we’re operating in.”

“In fact it was working on top of the Belgrade Plaza building one morning earlier in the year – with a view of the city that no one else would be able to access – that I had the idea for the competition.”

“As a company we regularly use working at height equipment such as boom, trailer mounted and scissor lifts as part of our facilities management service and I realised we could also use our training and expertise to give photographers a really unique view of the city.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the photographs and hope they can be used to illustrate to the wider world why Coventry deserves to be City of Culture 2021.”

For more details and to make an application to use the specialist equipment go to www.coventry2021.co.uk/news. The closing date for applications is Friday November 4th 2016.

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The Wigley Group director James Davies with Juliet Colley, bid assistant at Coventry City of Culture Trust, and one of the lifts which ten selected photographers will have the chance to use to capture views of the city.

A Timely Relocation

The leading global pioneer in activity trackers and training computers has re-located to a modern new premises in Warwick.

Polar UK has moved into a new 5,000 sq ft property on Wedgnock Industrial Estate with the help of Coventry-based property, risk and facilities management firm The Wigley Group.

Polar caters to all levels of fitness by offering a product range including cycling computers, wearable sports devices and activity trackers, training apps and online services.

The company operates in more than 80 countries and its award-winning training computers are sold through more than 35,000 retailers globally.

Polar’s UK and Ireland base previously operated from a nearby 12,000 sq ft building in Warwick which included an 8,000 sq ft warehouse area which was used to distribute products around the UK until 2014 when shipping moved to Amsterdam.

The company wanted to move to a more suitable nearby premises to ensure it could keep its workforce and called on The Wigley Group to help with the re-location.

Polar UK finance director John Gibbs said: “We wanted to stay reasonably close so we could retain our staff. Essentially we wanted the same amount of office space but without the warehouse which was now obsolete to our needs.

“I knew I needed to find someone with broad commercial property experience rather than someone to simply find us a new building. We wanted an advisor who could help throughout the process including the preliminary negotiations.”

The Wigley Group director James Davies used the company’s network of property agents to find Polar UK its new base. The company guided John through to heads of terms alongside the property agent before solicitors handled the final contracts.

To create the right space for Polar UK’s staff, The Wigley Group’s facilities management division were also appointed to fit out the new building which included dividing up the two floors and creating a new kitchen.

John added: “I was genuinely impressed with James and all of the team at The Wigley Group.

“They helped in anything they could and never quibbled over the scope of what their services included and I would definitely use them again.”

James Davies said: “Many companies find that their commercial space no longer meets their needs but aren’t sure what their options are.

“We’re able to give companies unbiased advice on all aspects of their business strategy connected to property. That includes exiting previous lease arrangements, finding a new property and the negotiations around new rental or purchase agreements.

“We know that finding a space which meets the current and future needs of a business is about more than just finding an empty building – our commercial acumen, knowledge of the property market and negotiation skills are where our team can really add value.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to find Polar UK the right commercial property which meets their current and anticipated future needs.”

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(From left to right) The Wigley Group facilities co-ordinator Pete Burnell, Polar UK finance director John Gibbs and The Wigley Group director James Davies outside Polar UK’s new base in Warwick.