Work starts on ‘greenest building in Chippenham’

Posted on by John Cronin

Following a pre-let agreement work has now started on a £2m energy-efficient office building in Chippenham.

turnpike officeHaving a secured a pre-let agreement developers Summerfield are now pressing ahead with the final office building (artists impression pictured) at Methuen Park, Chippenham.

IT services company Bechtle Direct has agreed to a 10-year lease on Turnpike House, a two-storey, Grade A office building offering 8,200 sq ft of floor space.

Turnpike House will be an energy-efficient building and has been described by agents Alder King as being the “greenest building in Chippenham”. Expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’, the building will incorporate a range of energy-saving measures including photovoltaic cells on the roof and air source heat pumps. Summerfield has previously been awarded BREEAM ‘Excellent’ ratings on three other completed office developments.

Turnpike House is scheduled to be completed in 2012 and will be the fourth office building at Turnpike Park, part of the larger Methuen Park. The modern, 3.2-acre site is located in Chippenham and is 3 miles from J17, M4. Existing tenants include Herman Miller and Wincanton Logistics.

Commenting on the pre-let agreement, James Napp, MD of Bechtle Direct said: “[Our] company needs to relocate to larger premises to help us meet future challenges. The reputation of Summerfield and the time to construct the new Turnpike offices fits both our expectations and needs.  We aim to be in our new headquarters during the summer of 2012.”

Rental prices have not been disclosed. Other office space within Methuen Park is being marketed at around £14.50 / sq ft.

Joint marketing agents are Alder King and Jones Lang LaSalle.

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