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£600K Investment in M40 Rural Eco-Office Development Now Fully Let

14 December 2020

Despite the current COVID situation White Commercial Surveyors are continuing to successfully lease office premises along the London to Birmingham M40 announcing that the Courtyard Office Suites at Upper Aynho Grounds, Aynho are now fully let.

The Eco-office development situated between J10-11 of the M40 comprise part of The Great Barn venue, privately owned idyllic 18th century events venue set in 250 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.  The units comprise single-storey former farm buildings developed to provide eco offices which cost in the region of £600,000 to develop, with natural slate roofs and large open plan working spaces with frameless glazed lobbies which overlook the pretty rural courtyard.

Jerry Stephenson, MD at The Great Barn commented “We had been looking for opportunities to continue to diversify the farm and with seemingly strong demand for rural office space we have developed a number of outbuildings and barns.  We started the build 1st January 2020 and after a few small delays due to Covid-19, the offices were ready 1st September and first tenant moved in immediately and the second in October. The final tenant moves in December”.

Matthew Barnes, Director at AB Design Solutions who has taken space at the Courtyard said “We are a friendly, small team of Structural Engineers, who after 13 ½ years in our previous office were looking to relocate and this scheme ticked all the boxes.  The office is based in a fantastic rural setting with a friendly and helpful landlord. We have a modern office space with additional space to expand our business, in a central area to our clients with good transport links. We are delighted.”

David Carter, MD at CMS Wealth, another new occupier commented “We have been looking at new office space for a number of years but it has been hard to find the right combination of character, size and quality of office in the local area without going into a town centre.  We wanted to have good transport links for our clients and to remain in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The move to the new office marks a fresh start for the company after our recent rebrand of CMS Wealth Ltd following rapid growth of our group of companies over recent years. We required the new office space to meet our needs as a growing company and to provide the right environment for us to provide high standards of financial advice. We are confident our clients will love our new location when they come to visit the office in the near future”.

Another new occupier, Ken Gray, MD & Head of Programming at IMC Vision stated “IMC Vision is an unusual beast in that we straddle that line of having to be both very commercial and creative at the same time so finding the right working environment was paramount to us. IMC recently had to seek new offices and with us working in the TV programming and Film Licensing business coupled with operating our own production company which produces high end fitness content, we needed to make sure that the new location fitted our requirements well.

We live and work in a fast pace world so finding a location like Courtyard Offices was not going to be easy and to our joy we stumbled across these offices (near Aynho) and so found the perfect office environment for our needs. Some of the criteria we had specially highlighted and wanted to secure was to work in a bright warm environment surrounded by a rural setting with easy access to a major motorway nearby.  So far our office move has got us off to a good start so the omens are looking good with our new Yoga Made Simple DVD title being number two in the Amazon Fitness chart and our new ‘Frank Herbert’s Dune’ mini-series is number one in the iTunes digital chart. Let’s hope our luck continues!”

Chris White

Managing Director

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