New office building at Hermitage Court prelet

  • Unit H at Hermitage Court
  • Unit G at Hermitage Court

Gallagher Properties is pleased to have leased Unit H at Hermitage Court, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, to Havas Shared Services Limited on a 10 year lease.

Unit H is a new Grade A office building, built to a high specification and 5,300 sq ft NIA. The building incorporates extensive use of Kentish Ragstone feature walling. The building is due to be completed at the end of 2012 and Havas will move in in the New Year.

Being a pre-let, some of Havas’ particular requirements can be incorporated into the base build, thereby avoiding the need for alterations and leaving Havas to concentrate on their fit out. Havas Shared Services Limited is the UK shared service centre for the Havas Group, a global communications group. Havas Shared Services Limited has been established at Concorde House, Maidstone, for the past 48 years and employs approximately 35 people in this office.

Paul Woodhouse, Chief Financial Officer for Havas Shared Services Limited, said, “Relocating to Hermitage Court will be a significant and positive move for Havas. We believe that the quality and location of the building will bring many advantages to both the staff and the company going forward.”

Nick Yandle of Gallagher Properties Ltd said, “We are really pleased to welcome Havas to Hermitage Court. The prelet completely justifies the decision to undertake on a speculative basis the construction of two office buildings, which is something quite rare in this market. However, the adjoining development, which is also managed by Gallagher Properties Ltd, has proven to be a very successful business park due to it location, the quality of the development, good public transport links and peaceful setting.

“We have some interest in Unit G, which is also just over 5,000 sq ft, and we are hopeful that tenants for this second Grade A office, also due for completion at the end of 2012, will be secured shortly.”

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