Former Alfred Herbert Works Get New Lease of Life

A major industrial site of historic importance in Coventry has been sold in a deal worth approximately £7.5 million.

The Wigley Group has sold the land which once housed the world-famous Alfred Herbert manufacturing works in Edgwick Park to the Harmsworth Pooled Property Unit Trust.

The leading commercial property, construction and risk company began a speculative development of its three-acre plot just off the main gateway from the M6 into the city earlier this year to provide 65,000 sq ft of high-quality industrial units.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have completed a forward-funded deal whereby we are selling the land and our construction arm, Wigley Building and Development, are building the units on behalf of the purchaser.”

The site, once well-known for the Top Shop from its Alfred Herbert era and now renamed Edgwick Point, forms part of 35 acres bought by The Wigley Group in the late 1970s.

It marked the start of the company’s venture into the commercial property market and large sections have been regenerated and sold over the years to companies including Gallagher and Lidl.

Davies added: “The sale marks a historic transition in ownership.  It is the final piece in the jigsaw in terms of the development and regeneration of what was the oldest investment in our commercial property portfolio.

“It is an extremely proud moment for The Wigley Group and we look forward to delivering the completed development to the new owners which will signal a new and exciting chapter for a site of great importance to Coventry’s manufacturing past.”

Property consultancy Gerald Eve acted on behalf of the Harmsworth Pooled Property Unit Trust in acquiring the site situated on Canal Road, just off the A444.

Jon Ryan-Gill, Partner Birmingham, from Gerald Eve, said: “This is a key purchase for my client who has been extending their industrial portfolio in the regions. We look forward to working with The Wigley Group to complete the units and bring them to market in Spring 2019.”

Wright Hassall and Lodders Solicitors acted for The Wigley Group in the sale, and Reed Smith represented the purchaser.  Vining Management is overseeing the construction of the units on behalf of The Wigley Group.

Work on the development comprises one block of 25,000 sq ft and two blocks of 20,000 sq ft capable of sub-division, and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

Pictured at Edgwick Point, from left to right, are Charlie Brooks (Wigley Building and Development), James Richards (Wright Hassall), James Davies (The Wigley Group), Jon Ryan-Gill (Gerald Eve), Mike Vining (Vining Management), Robert Wigley (The Wigley Group), Austyn Percy (Stewart Watson), Vicky Bullas (Gerald Eve) and Jennifer Cottle (Gerald Eve).

 

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The Wigley Group announced as sponsor of Festival of Imagineers’s BLOCK

The team at Imagineer are delighted to announce The Wigley Group as the sponsor for BLOCK, a spectacular performance that blends dance and circus and is created by leading UK companies NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse.

Part of the Festival of Imagineers, BLOCK takes place on Wednesday 19 September at the Cathedral Ruins at 8pm, some tickets are still available. BLOCK, is a powerful fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms. With its daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats, BLOCK leaves audiences gasping.

The sponsorship marks the start of a partnership between The Wigley Group and Imagineer who are working together on the new build and development of Daimler. Imagineer has a vision to re-develop the Daimler Building as a new Creation Centre for Coventry which will provide much-needed dedicated space for artists to create mainly outdoor and site-specific work, and for resident creative companies to deliver innovative programmes of education and training for children and young people.

The re-developed Daimler Powerhouse will be a place where artists, engineers, architects and other creative industries can collaborate to make new work and where new and emerging practitioners can find professional support.

Jane Hytch, Chief Executive of Imagineer said: “We are delighted that The Wigley Group have joined our list of fantastic local businesses who are supporting the Festival of Imagineers and amazing creative events and activities happening in Coventry.

“This sponsorship of BLOCK marks the start of our relationship with The Wigley Group as we work on the development of the Daimler Building and is just one example of the kind of creative activity that could be developed and created in the new building.”

James Davies Managing Director The Wigley Group said: “Imagineer have been based at our Sandy Lane Business Park in Coventry for many years and as a long-time supporter, we are pleased to be sponsoring this performance as part of their Festival of Imagineers.

“We are also working with Imagineer on their exciting development plans which would be of great cultural benefit to Coventry particularly as we look ahead to being the UK City of Culture in 2021, which we are also proud to support.”

On Wednesday 19 September at the Cathedral Ruins expect twenty oversized blocks, fashioned to resemble giant concrete Jenga blocks, deconstructed and reformed into an infinite variety of shapes for the performers to play on, move with and explore. BLOCK is about life in the city; its contradictions and challenges.

The performance starts at 8pm and tickets cost £10 (£7 concessions). Tickets are available via the Festival of Imagineers website: http://www.festivalofimagineers.co.uk/event/motionhouse-block/

The full Festival of Imagineers programme is available at: http://www.festivalofimagineers.co.uk/festival-programme/

 

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Festival of Imagineers runs from 17 – 22 September is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry University, Great Places, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City of Culture 2021, Arup, Medwell Hyde, IDP, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Premier Group, Ramada, Coventry BID and The Wigley Group.

Fastenal Moves Into New Unit At Henley Road

The Coventry branch of global giant Fastenal has moved into new premises in the city to accommodate future growth.

The operation, which provides fasteners, tools and other supplies to the manufacturing industry throughout the Midlands, has relocated to Henley Road Industrial Estate in the north of the city.

US-based multi-billion dollar Fastenal, which has branches in 24 countries worldwide, chose Coventry as one of its first bases in the UK in 2011 and now has 16 branches in the UK and Ireland.

Kimberley Marsden, general manager of the Coventry branch, which is part of Fastenal Europe, said the size and location of the new premises, close to junction two of the M6, would support expansion plans.

She said: “Business here is booming and this new unit provides us with room for further growth.”

“As well as supplying nuts, bolts and screws to large manufacturing divisions across a range of sectors, we provide Personal Protective Equipment for work and consumable products through our vending machines.”

“The vending machine side accounts for a large percentage of our business here and is really driving our growth.”

“The unit is central to the region that we service and from here we are ideally placed to target more business in Birmingham. In the longer term, it may also give us the potential to act as a hub to hold and distribute stock to our branches throughout the UK and Ireland.”

The 8,700 sq ft unit was one of two recently built at Henley Road Industrial Estate by The Wigley Group, which owns the site, to help meet a recognised shortage of commercial property in the city.

The works were completed by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group.

Louis Smith, estates manager at The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Fastenal to Henley Road Industrial Estate which has been part of our commercial property portfolio since the late 1990s and is a thriving multi-tenanted site.”

“The unit is the larger of two built as a speculative development to help meet a clear demand for commercial space and we hope it will be a platform for Fastenal’s continued growth here in the city.”

Fastenal’s move coincides with a new partnership with Coventry University which has resulted in the appointment of two placement students, Katie Sclare and Shafyur Rahman.

Kimberley added: “It is an exciting move for us as a branch on several fronts. It’s fantastic to have our first placement students who will be with us for a year as part of their degree courses.”

“I was the first apprentice that the company took on when I joined nearly five years ago as the youngest employee at the age of 17.”

“I have since had the opportunity to work my way up to becoming the youngest general manager in the UK when I was appointed in May, and I’m really looking forward to driving the business further forward from this new base.”

Kimberley Marsden, general manager of the Coventry branch of Fastenal, is pictured second left with, from left to right, Coventry University placement students Shafyur Rahman and Katie Sclare, and The Wigley Group estates manager Louis Smith at the new unit.

 

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Pictured: The Wigley Group team at The Wigley Group Golf Day and Gala Dinner 2018

 

War Veteran and Champion Para-cyclist Joins The Wigley Group as Ambassador

A former Paratrooper who overcame life-changing injuries on the frontline to become a champion para-cyclist is putting his force behind a Coventry company’s fundraising for comrades in need.

Jaco van Gass was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on his 23rd birthday whilst serving with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009, which resulted in multiple injuries including the loss of his left arm at the elbow.

He has since overcome physical and mental adversity to take on countless challenges from becoming a first-class downhill skier and marathon runner, to representing Team GB in para-cycling and trekking with other wounded soldiers and Prince Harry to the North Pole.

The keen adventurer has now been made ambassador of The Wigley Group and his main focus will be on the Wigley Support Fund, the company’s initiative with official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras to re-train injured, serving and veteran soldiers.

The company has raised close to £100,000 for Support Our Paras from its annual golf day over the last six years and in 2017, launched the Wigley Support Fund to specifically direct its aid towards helping soldiers in need make the transition from military to civilian life.

Jaco said: “My association with The Wigley Group goes back a few years. They have been extremely generous and kind to the Parachute Regiment charity, and supported me with a bike frame which helped a great deal.

“I am excited to become the company’s ambassador and to be involved with the Wigley Support Fund. It has supported many individuals and I hope that with my help, we can reach out to many more as there is a significant need.”

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have Jaco on board as our first brand ambassador and to build our relationship with him, particularly with our plans to take the Wigley Support Fund further forward.

“Jaco represents a lot of what we want to achieve through the Fund. He has taken himself from a very low point in life to the person and athlete that he is now, and that encapsulates everything we would like to do for a lot more wounded, injured and ex-military personnel.”

The Wigley Group is supporting Jaco, a multiple national champion cyclist and triple gold medallist at the Invictus Games, with his next challenge, which has been described as the ‘Tour de France of mountain biking’.

He will be raising money for The Wigley Support Fund when he takes on next year’s Cape Epic, the annual mountain bike stage race in South Africa which covers more than 435 miles over eight days, with fellow wounded veteran and amputee Stuart Croxford.

Training is underway and Jaco recently cycled Ilmington Hill, the highest point in Warwickshire which will be part of the fourth stage of the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain coming through the county on Wednesday, September 5.

He will be cycling the Bristol stage the day before as part of a team riding the entire route one day ahead of the professional racers, which will include Tour de France champions Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome.

South African-born Jaco, who won bronze at the Para Cycling Track World Championships in Rio this year, said: “I have had this obsession with Cape Epic for a number of years and the challenge it represents because I am a road and track cyclist.

“No disabled team in terms of both riders having a disability has ever completed Cape Epic.  It is the hardest multi-stage mountain bike open race and we are hoping to make history.”

Jaco van Gass on Ilmington Hill with Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group.

Golf Day Holes £17,000 for Wigley Support Fund

A world-class field of sporting stars teamed up with a Coventry company to help raise £17,000 for its fund to equip soldiers in need with skills for a new start.

Boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE, world snooker champion Mark Williams MBE and world darts champion Rob Cross were among the star-studded line-up at The Wigley Group’s annual golf day.

They were joined at The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner held at De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, by more than 200 business professionals from across the region.

The money raised will go to The Wigley Support Fund, the company’s initiative to help retrain injured, serving and veteran soldiers, identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras, to make the transition from military to civilian life.

The commercial property and construction company, based at Middlemarch Business Park, has now raised close to £100,000 for Support Our Paras from six years of the event.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported our golf day this year which included a magnificent seven current and former world champions from boxing, darts and snooker.

“The money raised will help those in need make what can be a difficult transition from military to civilian life for a variety of reasons, one of which can be mental health which is a recognised issue within the armed forces and the construction industry.

“It was particularly moving to hear our special guest Frank Bruno speak about his own battles with mental health and his support in helping others, and we have recently funded a new opportunity for soldiers to take the first step towards becoming a boxing coach.”

The event was hosted by TV sports announcer and former Paratrooper John McDonald, who compered the gala dinner featuring a Q&A with Frank Bruno and an auction of sports memorabilia.

The day got off to a flying start with the Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils making a spectacular landing on the course with The Wigley Group’s giant flag and tournament golf balls, cheered on by children from the nearby Staverton CE Primary School.

Darts legends Steve Beaton and Justin Pipe, sports promoter Barry Hearn and Mark Williams were among the celebrities to compete in the golf tournament, alongside business figures and Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who was the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund.

Robert added: “It was also great to hear first-hand from Gavin about how within a year of receiving help to study an access course at Henley College in Coventry, he has gone from having no GCSEs to securing a place at university to study for a degree leading to a career in cyber security.”

The Wigley Group Exceeds Fundraising Target For Warwickshire And Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Colleagues at The Wigley Group took on the challenge of the Wolf Run to raise money for their local Air Ambulance in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.

The team had hoped to raise £1,000 for the company’s chosen charity by completing the Wolf Run but managed to beat their target by collecting £1,589 in sponsorship.

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance receive no government funding and rely solely on donations to continue to save lives.

The Air Ambulance attend around 1,000 missions a year, each costing around £1,700, and provide the best possible pre-hospital care and rapid transport to specialist hospitals for those suffering with serious injury and illness.

Claire Lynch, head of compliance at the commercial property and construction company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, said: “We are really happy to have raised the amount we did and can’t thank people enough for their contribution to the total.

“The Air Ambulance is an extremely important charity that relies on the public’s support as their rapid response time to extreme injuries can be the difference between life and death.

“The Wolf Run was tough, but we pulled together as a team to help each other over the obstacles and through the thick mud, reaching the finish line in good time.

“We’re really pleased with the excellent team effort and encouragement that was seen throughout the course, with everyone contributing to helping out and keeping the group morale up, especially when colleagues were put out of their comfort zones.

“We’re also extremely thankful to Darren Chester and Lee Tiff from local company Amazing Electricians for filling in after our team had some last-minute injuries. Amazing Electricians also helped to contribute to the funds raised.”

Managing director James Davies, director of operations James Ellerington, site manager Pete Burnell, estates manager Louis Smith, estates assistant Rebeka Linture, group portfolio facilities manager Alan Greenway, buildings maintenance Jonathan Wigley, head of compliance Claire Lynch, health and safety assistant Olivia Frogley, accounts support Becky Peckham and administration, marketing and events assistant Lianne Moir made up The Wigley Group team.

Jo Payne, national partnerships manager at the Air Ambulance, said: “We were thrilled to have the support of The Wigley Group and would like to say a big thank you to them for entering such a big team and running for us.

“As we are entirely funded by donations, this kind of corporate support is essential, and we’d love to encourage more companies to get involved with us for events and partnerships.”

For more information on how you can get involved and donate, visit https://theairambulanceservice.org.uk/.

The Wigley Group’s Lianne Moir, left, and Claire Lynch, right, are pictured handing over the cheque to, from left to right, Gavin Alexander, Captain Joe Moore and Dr Andy Wood.

Warwickshire Country House Wedding Venue In New Hands

A country house wedding venue in Warwickshire is in new hands.

Ashton Lodge at Stretton-under-Fosse, Rugby, has been taken over by The Venue Group, which specialises in managing and operating country wedding venues across the UK from its headquarters in neighbouring Northamptonshire.

The new operator says it is business as usual for Ashton Lodge, with its existing staff and bookings being retained, but has plans to further enhance its reputation as a wedding venue and extend into corporate events.

Richard Bray, a director of The Venue Group, said: “We are always looking to expand our portfolio of country wedding venues and were attracted to Ashton Lodge as it is on our doorstep and is an existing business with a good reputation and bookings.

“It is a beautiful country house dating back to the early 1900s, with many of its original period features, and set in three acres of grounds.  It is licenced for civil ceremonies and hosts about 70 weddings a year on an exclusive basis, catering for up to 150 guests.

“It was a small hotel prior to its previous owners turning it into a wedding venue within the last decade and its 16 bedrooms are a big bonus.

“We are supremely confident that we can grow and improve the business.  With our expertise, we believe we can enhance the operation and service to make it an even better experience for brides and grooms.

“We will also be increasing the corporate offering as Ashton Lodge is well-placed for Coventry, Rugby and Leicester to exclusively host company events in a country house setting, from parties and launches to away days and client entertainment.”

The Venue Group’s portfolio includes country wedding venues in Hertfordshire and on the Norfolk and Suffolk border.  Its sister company, The Chopping Block, provides in-house catering from its base at Flecknoe, Rugby.

The operator partners with commercial property investors looking to diversify their portfolios and invest into the growing country wedding venue sector.

The Venue Group bought the Ashton Lodge business and conducted a sale and lease back of the building with The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property, risk and construction company in the Midlands.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have formed this relationship with The Venue Group.

“Ashton Lodge is an anomaly in our commercial property portfolio, although it is the second country house we have acquired in Warwickshire in the last 18 months with Kings House at Stockton being converted into our new company headquarters.

“The Venue Group’s long-term strategy and what they want to achieve with future growth is something we want to support from a property point of view, and hopefully help them build a portfolio of well-managed and located venues.”

A series of open days will be held at Ashton Lodge over the coming months with the next on Sunday, June 24, from 1pm to 4pm.

Pictured, from left to right, are Richard Bray and James Davies at Ashton Lodge.

The Wigley Group Creates Lasting Legacy At Princethorpe College

The bosses of a commercial property and construction company have created a lasting legacy at their former senior school in Warwickshire.

Robert Wigley, James Davies and James Ellerington, who are respectively chairman, managing director and director of operations at The Wigley Group, have unveiled a new water jump on the equine cross-country course at Princethorpe College.

The College, part of the Princethorpe Foundation, has a strong equestrian tradition and the cross-country course is set within its 200-acre estate off Leamington Road in Princethorpe, Rugby.

As well as being an enhancement to the course, which until now did not have a permanent water jump, the deep pools within the obstacle will be used by pupils as part of their environmental and wildlife studies.

The jump was built by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group, in time for the national riding club and schools competitions hosted by the College.

The two-day horse trials is run by Stoneleigh Riding Club in partnership with Princethorpe College and The Kingsley School, and took place over the last weekend of May.

The Wigley Group is main sponsor of the event, which attracted more than 250 competitors from riding clubs and schools all over the country, with Howkins & Harrison also sponsoring for the first time with plans to extend their support for next year.

Robert said: “The Wigley Group’s connections with Princethorpe College stretch over two generations with my two children having been pupils as well as – by coincidence – myself, James Davies and James Ellerington.

“We wanted to create a water jump for the cross-country course that could also be used by pupils as part of their studies, and it was great to see it being cleared for the first time during the two day event.

“We would like to congratulate all of those who took part in the horse trials and we were delighted to award our new Wigley Group Cup, won by those who achieved the best school team score, to the joint team of Packwood Haugh and The Grange schools.”

Ed Hester, headmaster at Princethorpe College, said: “The water jump is a wonderful addition to our cross-country course and sits in one of the most beautiful parts of our grounds against the backdrop of the main College building.

“The deep pools within the jump will be planted to create an eco-system that can be used in our teaching so it will have an all-year round and multiple use.”

Stoneleigh Riding Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is in the 15th year of running the two day event and has held it at Princethorpe College since 2014, working closely with assistant head Alex Darkes.

Andy Ruyssevelt, vice-chairman of Stoneleigh Riding Club and two day event organiser, said: “The two day event is the only ‘long format’ horse trials in the UK open to schools and riding clubs, which involves dressage, show-jumping, roads and tracks, steeplechase and cross-country disciplines, and is increasingly popular.

“This year was no exception and the unveiling of the water jump was a real highlight in presenting a new and exciting challenge for both riders and spectators to enjoy.”

James Davies, Andy Ruyssevelt, Robert Wigley, Lucy Bell on Gerry, Ed Hester and James Ellerington with the new water jump.

Frank Bruno to be special guest at The Wigley Group Golf Open and Gala Dinner

One of Britain’s most loved sporting personalities will be helping a Coventry company to hit the £100,000 fundraising target for Support Our Paras from its annual star-studded golf day.

Frank Bruno MBE, former WBC Heavyweight Boxing World Champion, will be the special guest and dinner speaker at the sixth Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner taking place on Thursday, July 19.

The event will raise money for the Wigley Support Fund, an initiative launched by commercial property and construction company The Wigley Group in 2017 to retrain soldiers identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

It netted £17,000 for the Wigley Support Fund last year, taking the total amount raised over five years of the event for Support Our Paras to more than £80,000.

The special guest announcement comes as the Wigley Support Fund joins forces with Support Our Paras on a new opportunity for soldiers to take the first step towards becoming a boxing coach.

The first 12 wounded, serving and veteran Paratroopers will be signed up for the England Boxing and Police Community Clubs of Great Britain’s Boxing Leader course in June.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “We are delighted to have the support of Frank Bruno. He is a national treasure and more than two decades on from becoming World Champion, is still regarded as one of Britain’s most loved sporting personalities.

“We are planning for this year’s event to be the best ever and with his presence, hope to attract a bigger crowd and take our fundraising total for Support Our Paras to over £100,000.

“It is fitting that we are embarking on a new collaboration with Support Our Paras to provide funding for injured veterans to train to become a qualified Boxing Leader, which can lead to them becoming a registered England Boxing coach.”

Bruno will be joined by other sporting celebrities at this year’s event at De Vere Staverton Estate, near Daventry, which attracts around 200 business professionals from across the region. They include sports promoter Barry Hearn and darts legends Steve Beaton, Rob Cross, Justin Pipe and Colin Lloyd.

As well as speaking at the gala dinner, Bruno will present prizes to winners of the golf open ahead of an auction.

TV sports announcer and former paratrooper John McDonald is the ambassador and host of the day, which gets underway with the Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils landing on the golf course with the tournament balls.

The Wigley Group is working with European Golf Challenge, which organises around 200 golf days a year in the UK and overseas, to enhance the golf element of the fundraiser.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Support Fund is about helping Paratroopers with their transition into civilian life by equipping them with the skills they need to forge a new career and make a new start.”

Coventry-born Lance Corporal Gavin Prue was the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund and has been helped with the cost of studying an access to higher education in computing at the city’s Henley College.

LCpl Prue said: “I left school with no formal education. Within a year, and with the help of The Wigley Group, I have gone from having no GCSEs to having five offers from universities to study for a degree leading to a new career in cyber security.”

Anyone interested in entering the golf open or attending the dinner, should email lianne@thewigleygroup.com.  Sponsorship packages are available through craig@europeangolfchallenge.com

Pictured ready to tee-off at The Wigley Group Golf Open last year with special guest Kevin Keegan OBE.

Major Development Of Former World-Famous Manufacturing Site In Coventry

New life is being breathed into the former site of a world-famous manufacturer in Coventry with a major speculative development to help meet an acute lack of industrial property space in the city.

Leading commercial property company The Wigley Group is building 65,000 sq ft of high-quality industrial units on land which once housed the Alfred Herbert works in Edgwick Park.

The existing building on site, known as the Top Shop from its Alfred Herbert era, is in the final stages of being cleared ahead of construction getting underway on eight 5,000 sq ft units and a larger unit of 25,000 sq ft.

The three-acre site just off the main gateway from the M6 into the city is owned by The Wigley Group and the new development, to be known as Edgwick Point, will be built by its construction arm, Wigley Building and Development.

It forms part of a 35-acre plot bought by The Wigley Group in the late 1970s, making it the oldest investment in the company’s extensive commercial property portfolio.

Large sections have been sold over the years to companies including Gallagher Retail Park and Lidl, and the new scheme on Canal Road, just off the A444, is the final piece in the jigsaw.

Robert Wigley, chairman of The Wigley Group, said: “When my father, who founded The Wigley Group, bought Edgwick Park from Alfred Herbert it marked the start of our venture into the commercial property market.

“It was our first investment in a portfolio which now spans well over 1,000,000 sq ft across the West Midlands and having since developed the rest of the 35-acre site, this scheme represents the last piece in the puzzle.”

The announcement that construction is about to start on the units comes as The Wigley Group attends MIPIM, the world’s biggest property investment and development show, with the Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership, and Midlands UK.

James Davies, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “Coventry’s profile is on the up, particularly with winning City of Culture 2021, and the regeneration of this site is a major part of our development strategy and we hope will go some way towards helping to meet the region’s lack of employment land.

“There is a proven high demand for industrial space in the city, and it is that which has given us the full confidence to undertake what is a sizeable speculative development.”

Mike Vining, from Vining Management, represented The Wigley Group in gaining planning permission from Coventry City Council and will oversee the construction and sale of the units as project manager.

He said: “The building that was here had really got to the end of its useful life and was no longer fit for purpose, and it is being replaced with a number of new units that will better suit modern industry.”

The units are now available through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy and GVA, ahead of expected completion in September.

Tom Bromwich, partner at Bromwich Hardy, said: “There is a pent-up demand for commercial space particularly industrial warehousing and manufacturing in Coventry and this is an opportunity for companies to buy brand new premises which they simply cannot do in the city at the moment.”

Luke Thacker, associate at GVA, said: “This is a busy commercial location and there is currently a high demand for industrial units in Coventry. The units will deliver much-needed, good quality accommodation and we are excited to be involved in the scheme.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Luke Thacker (GVA), James Davies and Robert Wigley (The Wigley Group), Mike Vining (Vining Management) and Tom Bromwich (Bromwich Hardy).