In the Right Gear - B4 Article Autumn 2010

06/03/2014

In The Right Gear - B4 Issue 17 Autumn 2010 

Twelve months ago commercial property agents, VSL & Partners and Lambert Smith Hampton embarked on a new marketing campaign to promote the newly refurbished offices at Northbrook House, The Oxford Science Park. The idea was to not only offer an attractive rent and 18 months rent free period as an incentive but also to give away bicycles to employees of the tenant taking new office space.

Richard Venables of marketing agents, VSL & Partners, explains “the incentives seemed to have worked and we are pleased to be placing an order for 14 bikes for our new tenant”.

J A Kemp & Co, a leading firm of UK & European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys have just moved into an office suite of 3,400 sq ft. Colin Merryweather, Head of J A Kemp & Co’s Oxford office states, “After 10 years on the Oxford Science Park we were looking for larger premises to accommodate future growth. We enjoy the location of the Science Park and the proximity to so many technology companies whilst Northbrook House provides us with top quality office space at
competitive terms. Our staff were also delighted with the bonus of getting some new bikes!”

Northbrook House is an iconic building designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and completed in 1996.  It is now owned by a joint venture between a fund managed by AEW Europe LLP and a fund managed by Mountgrange Investment Mgmt LLP, which recently spent over £500,000 refurbishing the building. Dominic Moore, Asset Management Director, was keen to set this building apart from the rest of the office stock in the Oxford area.

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