VSL Brokers RM Deal to Find New Home for Councils


VSL & Partners, Oxfordshire’s leading commercial property consultants, played a leading and vital part in finding and securing new offices for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council staff – and making savings for one of the world’s leading education technology companies.

Director Tom Barton explained: “The councils were urgently looking for office space and the RM plc, one of our clients on the Milton Park estate, had just over 30,000 sq ft of surplus space to let.

“We managed to agree a deal to suit both parties and I am delighted that we saved RM a substantial sum in rent and other lease liabilities, whilst also solving an urgent problem for the district council and helping them maintain their services for people in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse. The accommodation works geographically for both local authorities and benefits from good parking as well as public transport amenities for the general public.”

The district council had to find new premises as a matter of urgency after their offices at Crowmarsh Gifford near Wallingford was burnt down in January this year.  Since then about half the 300 staff have been working at Abbey House in Abingdon and others have been working at home.

Matthew Barber, leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council, told the Oxford Mail: “The last couple of months have been quite tough for everybody but once we’ve moved our staff will be able to settle down and work much more effectively, with a bit of normality to their working lives.

“Milton Park ticks all the boxes in terms of facilities and I’m sure it will serve us well over the coming years.”

The 30,212 sq ft of office space for the councils’ staff is at 135 Milton Park and the lease runs for a period of three years.

The RM group is a world leader in education technology and was one of the first major companies to establish its headquarters at Milton Park.


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