The Wigley Group Acquires Historic Property For New HQ

A leading commercial property company in the Midlands has acquired a former country house in Warwickshire for its new headquarters.

The Wigley Group has bought Kings House in Stockton, Southam, as its new operational base after gaining planning permission from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for change of use from residential accommodation to offices.

The substantial period property situated within five acres of land off Rugby Road was owned by the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust and sold by property agents Fisher German.

The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, risk and construction, is currently based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry.

The move will mark a close return to The Wigley Group’s roots with the company having been established around ten miles away in Barby, near Rugby, in 1964.

Managing director Robert Wigley, whose father founded the company, said: “We are delighted to have purchased Kings House. It is a fantastic period property of local historic value and will provide a solid and impressive foundation for our next 50 years and beyond.

“We were pleased that our plans were supported by both the parish and district councils, and look forward to returning the house to its former glory and its original name of Stockton House.”

Refurbishment by The Wigley Group’s in-house team will get underway in September and involve access improvements onto Rugby Road and Napton Road, and the creation of car parking.

The company’s 20-plus employees, many of whom live in the locality, are expected to move into the new headquarters by the spring of next year.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Group is fast-developing as a company and with our plans to utilise the space more effectively, Kings House will perfectly accommodate our growth.

“The size of the building and the range of rooms offer great flexibility. We intend to use the rooms on the first floor for offices and those on the ground floor for meetings, conferences and functions.

“One of our big ambitions is to work with associated companies and wider business organisations in the Coventry and Warwickshire area to hold meetings and networking events here.”

Robert Russell, regional managing partner for the South Central Region of Fisher German, said: “We are very pleased to have completed on the sale of Kings House to The Wigley Group.

“Properties like this are rare to the market in this area. Given its size and location next to Rugby Road, it was unlikely to be acquired in its current form as a single private residence and was therefore more suited to commercial use.

“The layout and size of the rooms will make a great company headquarters and The Wigley Group’s plans to refurbish and update the house will add to the next chapter in its history.”

Pictured, from left to right, at Kings House are Robert Russell (Fisher German), Robert Wigley (managing director of The Wigley Group) and James Davies (director, The Wigley Group).

The Wigley Group Doubles Fundraising Target For Tiny Tim’s

Colleagues at The Wigley Group more than stepped up to the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge by doubling their fundraising target for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.

The team had hoped to raise £1,000 for the company’s chosen local charity of the year by taking on Yorkshire’s highest peaks in under 12 hours, but managed to collect £2,012 in sponsorship.

Tiny Tim’s provides free complementary treatment to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs, and the money raised will go towards therapy sessions.

James Ellerington, head of asset management at the commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, said: “We didn’t expect to raise so much but everyone from friends and family to colleagues and contacts dug really deep as Tiny Tim’s is such a good cause.

“Each therapy session costs £25 and so this money will hopefully go a long way to supporting youngsters in need of the treatment.

“The challenge was more difficult than any of us had anticipated and everyone in the team pulled together to make sure we completed it. It was a great experience and we’re all thrilled and thankful for the amount raised.”

Health and safety manager Claire Lynch, estates manager Louis Smith, facilities operative Lee Hopkins, accounts apprentice Alexis Considine, facilities manager Alan Greenway, director James Davies and James Ellerington made up the team.

Sarah Hemings, centre manager at Tiny Tim’s, said: “It was an amazing effort by The Wigley Group and we really appreciate their efforts to raise such a fantastic amount.

“The treatment we provide in physiotherapy, massage therapy, Bowen therapy, reflexology and occupational therapy can make a huge difference to the children and their families.

“As a small charity, we rely heavily on donations to provide the treatment. Last year we did 4,000 therapy sessions and the money raised by The Wigley Group will pay for 80 more.”

Pictured, from left to right, on The Wigley Group vehicle are Alan Greenway, Louis Smith, Claire Lynch and Alexis Considine, and at the front, Graham Hayden (massage therapist at Tiny Tim’s), James Ellerington (The Wigley Group), and Sarah Hemings (centre manager at Tiny Tim’s).

 

 

The 5th Wigley Group Golf Day Raises £17,000 For New Charity Initiative WSF

Sporting celebrities and business professionals clubbed together at an annual golf day held by a Coventry company to raise £17,000 for a new fund to equip soldiers with new skills for a new start.

The Wigley Support Fund has been launched by The Wigley Group to help retrain soldiers identified by the official Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The commercial property company based in Coventry has now raised over £80,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last five years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

For the first time, money raised from this year’s event held at Staverton Park De Vere, near Daventry, will go directly to The Wigley Support Fund to specifically help soldiers towards the cost of training for a new career.

Around 200 business professionals attended with special guest Kevin Keegan OBE, former England football player and manager, and other sporting figures including darts legends Steve Beaton, Mervyn King and Colin Lloyd.

The Parachute Regiment display team the Red Devils was due to get the day underway by landing on the course with the tournament golf balls, but had to cancel at the last-minute due to low cloud.

Children from the local Staverton CE Primary School who had been invited to watch the freefall display instead enjoyed a special fly-by and the chance to meet members of the Red Devils and Kevin Keegan.

Kevin said: “It was a great day raising money for The Wigley Support Fund which is a fantastic cause.  I have always had strong ties with the armed forces and so this is something that I support wholeheartedly. I was delighted to be part of the day.”

Former Paratrooper and TV sports announcer John McDonald hosted the event which was also attended by the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund, Lance Corporal Gavin Prue, who is being helped with the cost of studying towards a career in cyber security.

Sports memorabilia including a football shirt signed by former Brazilian footballer Pelé and a boxing glove autographed by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua were auctioned for The Wigley Support Fund during the gala dinner.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “This is the fifth year of our annual golf day and the first time that the money raised from it will go to The Wigley Support Fund which we have set-up to help retrain soldiers identified by Support Our Paras.

“The money raised will help many serving and injured soldiers take their first all-important step onto a new career ladder.  We couldn’t have hoped for a better start and are hugely grateful for the support and generosity of everyone who attended.

“We were delighted to have Kevin Keegan as our special guest and to welcome Bentley Birmingham and the European Golf Challenge as new event supporters.”

Pictured ready to tee-off The Wigley Group Golf Open with at the front, from left to right, LCpl Luke Hirst (Red Devils), Pte Cameron Clark (Red Devils), host John McDonald, James Davies (director, The Wigley Group), Kevin Keegan OBE, Robert Wigley (managing director, The Wigley Group), LCpl Gavin Prue (first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund), Capt Joseph Palmer (Red Devils).

KB Transport Takes Over The Majority of Our Sandy Lane Industrial Estate

An expanding logistics and warehousing company has taken on almost a whole industrial estate in Coventry to consolidate its operations and accommodate growth.

KB Transport Solutions now occupies 130,000 of the 136,000 sq ft at the Sandy Lane Industrial Estate, on the edge of the city centre in Radford, which is owned by leading commercial property company The Wigley Group.

Its main site had been at Henley Road Industrial Estate in Coventry, also owned by The Wigley Group, where it occupied around 70,000 sq ft, in addition to 54,000 sq ft at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate.

KB Transport Solutions was established in 2010 and specialises in pallet distribution, warehouse storage, logistics and transport services in the West Midlands and throughout the UK.

Alan Mohomed, finance director at KB Transport Solutions, said: “Our business has grown over the years and now reached the point where we needed to expand our premises as we were at capacity.

“We have had a smaller presence at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate for some time and this full relocation here will enable us to develop further and bring all of our warehouse operations together on one central site rather than being fragmented at different locations.

“It is an exciting development and we’re looking forward to building on our success which is driven by customer demand for our range of services.”

KB Transport Solutions has retained a small presence at Henley Road Industrial Estate for its home delivery business.

Sandy Lane Industrial Estate and Henley Road Industrial Estate are part of The Wigley Group’s extensive portfolio of commercial property which spans well over 1,000,000 sq ft across the West Midlands.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have seen KB Transport Solutions grow at our Henley Road and Sandy Lane Industrial Estates, which are both popular due to their prime locations in the centre and north of Coventry.

“We are delighted to have provided this opportunity at Sandy Lane Industrial Estate to support the company’s ongoing expansion and consolidate its main business operations.

“The move makes KB Transport Solutions the single largest tenant of The Wigley Group in terms of space occupied.

“The premises vacated by KB Transport Solutions have already been filled at Henley Road Industrial Estate, where we have recently developed a further two industrial units to help meet a lack of commercial property in the city.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Alan Mohomed (KB Transport Solutions), Ricky Davies (KB Transport Solutions), Charlotte Steele (KB Transport Solutions), James Davies (The Wigley Group) and Kevin Bennett (KB Transport Solutions).

Eye-catching Image Wins The Wigley Group’s Photography Competition

An eye-catching image of runners at the start of this year’s Coventry Half Marathon has crossed the finishing line of a photography competition in first place.

Si Chun Lam’s shot overlooking Millennium Place in the city centre is the winner of the ‘Eyes on Cov’ competition, which gave amateur photographers the chance to capture a view of Coventry from up high as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.

Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group supplied specialist working at height equipment normally used for construction projects to allow finalists to turn their ideas into reality.

Si Chun, a corporate performance officer in the Insight Team at Coventry City Council, said: “I am really pleased and proud for my photo to win a competition which was all about showcasing Coventry and uncovering a hidden or new take on our great city.

“I chose to take the photo at the start of the Coventry Half Marathon as I knew it would be buzzing with activity and the location next to Coventry Transport Museum celebrates the city’s automotive heritage.

“It was a bit of a windy day when I took the photograph so it was slightly scary being up high but I was with people from The Wigley Group who knew what they were doing so I was in safe hands.

“It was quite overcast so once I’d taken the picture, I had the idea to bring out the blue which seemed appropriate as Coventry is a sky blue city. It was a brilliant experience as I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to take a photo like that.”

The winning photo was chosen by a panel from Coventry City of Culture Trust and The Wigley Group, which is backing the city’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid as a 2021 Club member.

Si Chun, who has had a passion for photography from a young age, will now get to spend time with award-winning Coventry photographer Jason Scott Tilley, director of Photo Archive Miners.

Laura McMillan, manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We loved the fact that this photo showed lots of elements of Coventry – the spires and the Whittle Arches alongside new development taking place.

“You had the mix of the city’s past, coupled with its recent regeneration and then what is to come in the future. All of that was animated by people – which is actually what the city is all about – at an event that is very well known but not normally viewed from this angle.”

James Ellerington, Head of Asset Management at The Wigley Group, came up with the idea of the competition whilst enjoying a normally inaccessible view of the city when working on top of the Belgrade Plaza building.

He said: “It was great to be able to give photographers the chance to capture views of Coventry which we are fortunate to enjoy through our work at height.

“We used a 21-metre truck mounted cherry picker to give Si Chun the height he needed for the picture he had in mind and it worked out really well. His picture gives a fantastic view of one of the city’s main focal points during a big event in the city’s calendar.”

Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC (Specialist Computer Centres), Pertemps, and CEF (City Electrical Factors) are also Bid Development Sponsors.

To show your support on social media, go to @Coventry2021 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, log onto www.coventry2021.co.uk

Si Chun Lam and his winning photo are pictured with, from left to right, Jason Scott Tilley, Nicole Malatesta (City of Culture Trust), James Davies (director at The Wigley Group) and James Ellerington (The Wigley Group).

The Wigley Group: Proud Main Sponsor Of The Inter-Schools National Equestrian Competition 2017

The Wigley Group was proud to be main sponsor of a local horse trials which attracted around 200 competitors from all over the country.

The two-day event run by Stoneleigh Riding Club, in conjunction with Princethorpe College and Kingsley School, took place at the weekend.

Dressage and showjumping were the focus of the opening day, followed by endurance and cross-country covering around 10km around Princethorpe College in Princethorpe, near Rugby.

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, said: “The event is held every year and is very well established, attracting around 200 competitors from all over the country.

“We were delighted to be main sponsor for the first time and look forward to continuing our support.”

Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Wigley Building & Development Help Kite Packaging Expand Their Headquarters

A premier packaging supplier in the UK is investing around £1.5 million to expand its headquarters in Coventry.

Kite Packaging is developing its base in Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill, to update and modernise its warehouse facilities servicing Midlands and online customers, and to create extra capacity.

The work is being carried out by Wigley Building and Development, the construction arm of The Wigley Group, a leading commercial property company based in Middlemarch Business Park, Coventry.

Gavin Ashe, managing partner at Kite Packaging, said: “It is a significant expansion of the site with the creation of a state-of-the-art pick and pack operation and extra warehousing for our Midlands key accounts, and a near doubling of our national distribution centre.

“One of the key drivers is creating extra space for our growth and this will certainly lead to more jobs.  We are currently growing our team by more than 12 and are looking to double this during the next two years.”

Kite Packaging has seen rapid growth since being founded as an employee-owned business in 2001, and establishing its site at Torrington Avenue in 2007, to become one of the largest distributors in the UK.

It has built up a strong regional branch network across the UK with six sites including Coventry.  Its e-commerce operation and waste compliance business are also based at Torrington Avenue.

Gavin added: “This development comes on the back of major property expansion for Kite Packaging at our branches in Swindon and Letchworth.

“Kite Packaging is an employee-owned business and as such we take a long-term view on investing and trying to build a great working environment for all of our owners.”

The work at Torrington Avenue is being overseen by Charlie Brooks, construction director of Wigley Building and Development, the company recently established from The Wigley Group’s merger with established main contractor Ciexbe Limited.

Charlie said: “This is a total site development involving a full refurbishment of 25,000 sq ft of unit space which includes soft strip and demolition to fit-out, and the creation of additional car parking.

“It is a six-month project and work is on course to be completed in August.”

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, added: “Kite Packaging was recently named as one of Coventry and Warwickshire’s top 50 companies by turnover growth and is a real success story for the area.

“We are delighted to be supporting this significant investment to expand its operations which will be a boost to the local economy and create further employment opportunities.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Charlie Brooks and James Davies with Gavin Ashe and Jake Kirk, both managing partners at Kite Packaging.

The Wigley Group Team Are Doing The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre

Colleagues at The Wigley Group are taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in Coventry.

Health and Safety manager Claire Lynch, Estates Manager Louis Smith, Facilities Co-ordinator Pete Burnell, Head of Asset Management James Ellerington, Accounts Apprentice Alexis Considine, Facilities Manager Alan Greenway and Director James Davies are in training to complete the 24 miles, which includes 5,200 ft of ascent, in under 12 hours.

Staff at the commercial property company based at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry raise funds and promote awareness for a local charity every year and have chosen to support Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre in 2017.

The charity provides free complementary treatment to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs.

Claire, who is co-ordinating the challenge, said: “We recently visited Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre to see the incredible work it does in offering treatment to families who might otherwise not be able to access it.

“We all found it an inspirational visit and want to raise as much money as we can to support the charity’s work.

“We have set up an online fundraising page and hope that colleagues and associates, family and friends will get behind us. Training is going well and we have all vowed to complete the challenge no matter what.”

The group will be taking on Yorkshire’s highest peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough on Sunday, July 2nd.

Anyone interested in sponsoring is asked to visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=TheWigleyGroup

Pictured, from left to right, are Louis Smith, Alan Greenway, Alexis Considine, Claire Lynch, James Ellerington and Pete Burnell during their visit to Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre.

The Wigley Group Announces Merger With UK-wide Main Contractor, CIEXBE Ltd

A leading commercial property company in the Midlands has merged with a UK-wide main contractor to strengthen its range of construction services.

The Wigley Group, which has its headquarters at Middlemarch Business Park in Coventry, has joined forces with Swindon-based Ciexbe Limited to form Wigley Building and Development.

The new enterprise, which is part of The Wigley Group, will be able to undertake a wide range of construction projects nationwide, from minor to major works up to the value of £12 million.

Charlie Brooks, director of Ciexbe, has been appointed construction director of Wigley Building and Development and will lead an experienced and expanding team of employees and subcontractors from the Coventry and Swindon offices.

The Wigley Group owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, risk and construction.

It has been involved in property development and construction for more than 40 years, with the building of 82,000 sq ft of units at two of its industrial estates in Coventry among current projects.

The Royal Mail North Hub and Vantage Park in Coventry are among its most notable developments in the last decade.

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “The Wigley Group was founded as a construction plant hire and road building contractor and our success as a commercial property business is built on civil engineering and construction.

“The company has evolved to undertake a wide range of developments of our own property portfolio, which spans well over 1,000,000 sq ft across the West Midlands, and on behalf of clients.

“With Ciexbe’s wealth of experience and ability to deliver combined with the financial backing and depth of The Wigley Group, we have got a really unified business that can undertake small and large schemes up to £12 million across the UK.”

Ciexbe has over 30 years of combined experience in the construction industry and operated primarily in the commercial and retail sectors completing new build, refurbishment and fit-out projects as construction manager, project manager or main contractor.

Projects have included the construction and fit-out of retail units, design and build of a staff training facility with accommodation, fit-out of a manufacturing plant, refurbishment of a museum bar and railway attraction.

Charlie said: “I am delighted to be merging with The Wigley Group and look forward to securing big contracts, increasing our workforce and growing our portfolio of projects nationwide.

“We have already got two projects lining up to the value of £7 million and £5 million, and taken on a quantity surveyor and project manager.  We will be looking at adding to our team further as the projects come in.

“By combining our forces to create Wigley Building and Development, we will have the capability to take on more and bigger construction projects as main contractor.”

James Davies, director of The Wigley Group, added: “This is a significant and exciting development for The Wigley Group.

“We have always been involved in construction and in recent years, have worked in partnership with Ciexbe.  The formation of Wigley Building and Development will take us to another level and extend our range of construction services both in terms of size and geographical reach.”

From left, Charlie Brooks, James Davies and Robert Wigley

The Wigley Group Launches new Charity Incentive

Charity has begun at home for a Coventry company which has launched a fund to help soldiers take the first step onto a new career ladder.

The Wigley Support Fund (WSF) has been set up by The Wigley Group to retrain soldiers identified by the Parachute Regiment charity Support Our Paras.

The first beneficiary is Coventry-born Lance Corporal Gavin Prue who is being helped with the cost of studying an access to higher education in computing at the city’s Henley College.

LCpl Prue is leaving the Army in July after 10 years’ service and hopes the course will enable him to study for a degree in computer science at Coventry University and lead to a career in cyber security.

The commercial property company has raised £63,000 from The Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner over the last four years for Support Our Paras, which supports the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

Money raised from this year’s event on Wednesday, July 19 at Staverton Park De Vere, near Daventry, will go directly to the Wigley Support Fund to specifically help soldiers towards the cost of training for a new profession.

LCpl Prue, aged 25, who lives in Bedworth, has spent nine years with the Parachute Regiment and served all over the world including active deployment to Helmand in Afghanistan.

He said: “Before joining the Army, I went to Henley College for about three months to do a BTEC course in computing so I am now going back to where I left off.

“Having left school with next to no education, The Wigley Group has been kind enough to fund an access course which will hopefully enable me to go to university and ultimately pursue a career in cyber security.  It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’m immensely grateful.

“The Army is a brilliant career and it can be quite daunting to leave the security of it. The Wigley Support Fund will be invaluable in helping soldiers like myself have a better chance of finding a new path.”

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “We have been a proud supporter of Support Our Paras over the last four years, raising £63,000 to help the charity with the welfare of serving and injured soldiers and their families.

“We have launched this new initiative as a fund in agreement with Support Our Paras which will see the money we raise used specifically to retrain soldiers, equipping them with new skills for a new start.

“As a company we have a corporate social responsibility to support charities and to help our local community to the best of our ability, and we are delighted that the first beneficiary of The Wigley Support Fund is from our area.

“The funding will enable LCpl Prue to follow his dream of a new career in cyber security and we look forward to helping more soldiers like him.”

Former England football player and manager Kevin Keegan OBE will be the special guest and dinner speaker at this year’s Wigley Group Golf Open & Gala Dinner, which attracts around 200 business professionals.

 

To enter a team or sponsor this year’s event, contact gemma@thewigleygroup.com

 

Pictured, from left to right, are James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, and Lance Corporal Gavin Prue.

The Wigley Group Acquires 42,000 sq ft at Crick

A prime industrial unit for warehousing and logistics, located in the heart of the nation’s distribution network has been acquired by a leading Midlands commercial property company.

The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands, has invested around £1.8 million to buy the 42,000 sq ft unit adjacent to J18 of the M1 at Crick in Northamptonshire.

Law firm Wright Hassall acted for The Wigley Group in the freehold purchase of the unit on the Crick Industrial Estate, Eldon Way.

The Wigley Group, which also provides services relating to commercial property, construction and risk from its headquarters in Coventry, has refurbished the unit ready for leasing.

James Davies, director at The Wigley Group, said: “This is a significant purchase for The Wigley Group and a fantastic addition to our growing portfolio of commercial property.

“We acquired the unit predominantly because of its location being immediately adjacent to J18 of the M1, and with its floor space and high eaves at just under eight metres, will be ideal for warehousing or logistics.

“We have refurbished the unit with plans to resurface the yard area, and believe it will be a very attractive proposition not just to large PLCs but also to medium-sized businesses particularly for distribution.”

James Richards, senior associate in the real estate team at Leamington-based Wright Hassall, said: “This was a particularly challenging deal mainly due to a tight timescale which saw us manage to complete within six working days.

“It shows the appetite and demand for good quality industrial and logistics stock, and that opportunistic buyers and their teams can secure such stock at short notice to retain a competitive edge.

“We have a long-standing relationship with The Wigley Group and were pleased to be able to support them with this latest acquisition.”

The leasehold for the unit is now being marketed by commercial property agents Drake Commercial in Northampton.

Tom Drake, partner at Drake Commercial, said: “The key attraction of this unit is that it is located right on J18 of the M1 that serves not only existing occupiers in Northampton but also Rugby and the wider West Midlands.

“In a market that is starved of good quality stock, we expect a lot of interest in what is a rare opportunity to lease a newly refurbished building in the heart of the distribution network.

“There is likely to be potential interest from a range of logistics operators, including potential overspill requirements from those large scale occupiers located at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).”

Pictured at the unit on the Crick Industrial Estate are, from left to right, James Davies (director at The Wigley Group), James Richards (senior associate in the real estate team at Wright Hassall), Tom Drake (partner at Drake Commercial) and Nicholas Roberts (partner at Drake Commercial).

Construction Works Near Completion at Henley Road Industrial Estate

Construction is nearing completion on a speculative development within a thriving industrial estate in Coventry to help meet a lack of commercial property in the city.

 

Two industrial units totalling 17,000 sq ft are being developed at Henley Road Industrial Estate, off Henley Road, by Coventry-based commercial property company The Wigley Group, which owns the site.

 

Work on the 7,252 sq ft and 8,700 sq ft new build units is due to be completed in May by The Wigley Group’s construction team.

 

Strong interest is expected in the leasehold opportunities available through commercial property agents Bromwich Hardy.

 

Robert Wigley, managing director of The Wigley Group, said: “There is a distinct shortage of commercial property in Coventry and this development will help to address the demand.

 

“Both units are being built to a high specification for general industrial use and the 8,700 sq ft unit has a disproportionately large yard which lends itself to most uses including leisure.

 

“Henley Road Industrial Estate has always proved to be a popular location. It is well positioned in the north of Coventry close to junction two of the M6 with easy access to the centre of the city.

 

“It is a thriving multi-tenanted estate and this expansion at the rear of the site will enhance it even further.”

 

The 125,000 sq ft estate was purchased in the late 1990s by The Wigley Group, which owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, construction and risk.

 

Nick Abell, vice-chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) and chairman of Wright Hassall, was invited to tighten the last bolt in the final steelwork.

 

He said: “Speculative builds are a very good barometer of a local economy, so it is really encouraging that The Wigley Group has invested in this project in Coventry, confident that it will be able to attract a tenant.

 

“That in turn will bring further investment and new jobs to our area so it is extremely welcome. We are seeing a growing number of developers investing in the market with speculative developments and that bodes well for the future.”

Nick Abell is pictured tightening the last bolt with, left, Robert Wigley, and right, Charlie Brooks, construction manager at The Wigley Group.