New Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce member Tom Endacott could be forgiven for thinking that he’d landed in business heaven when he arrived in Swindon three months ago, in late March. The previously Bristol-based centre manager for Rombourne Serviced Offices had filled several offices in the company’s new Lydiard Fields site before it was even officially opened!
“We knew Swindon would be brilliant opportunity for us,” says Tom. “It has superb rail and road links, which is crucial to any company needing Thames Valley and M4 access. When the opportunity came for us to buy Kingston House, we leapt at it.”
Kingston House is just off J16 of the M4 in Lydiard Fields, and after purchasing it at the end of 2013, Rombourne set about redeveloping it, turning it into a prestigious 5-star business centre which can accommodate 190 workstations in a range of 3 to 25 person offices.
The building is Grade A, rated as ‘BREEAM Very Good’, and fully air conditioned. It also has high speed broadband access, allowing Rombourne to offer tenants flexible IT and telephony services.
In March, Tom moved from Rombourne’s Bristol sites (130 and 160 Aztec West; St Brandon’s House in George Street and Trym Lodge in Westbury-on-Trym) to be Kingston House’s dedicated Centre Manager. He supervised all the redevelopment and refurbishing work, and in March he welcomed Rombourne’s first official Kingston House tenants, Silicon Practice.
Kingston House was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Troughton, on May 16th, and interest in the office accommodation remains high. “I’m showing prospective tenants around almost every day,” Tom comments. “Naturally we want to see high occupancy as fast as possible, so we’re offering early bird discounts throughout the summer.”