News Thame Development Begins | 08 May 2015

Webb Gray can announce that construction on a £14.5 million development at Thame Oxfordshire has officially begun. The development at Cotmore Park is of high importance to the local area as it will spark the creation of 80 jobs over the course of 5 years, a key factor in it gaining planning permission from South Oxfordshire District Council.

The development will see two high specification industrial units of 83,000 sqft and 48,480 sqft built for printing company Windles Group and haberdashery specialists Groves. Groves, who will occupy the 83,000 unit are a leading independent family run and owned business that supplies sewing accessories and needlecraft to the retail trade. The company currently employs around 100 staff and are moving from their current base in Long Crendon under ambitious expansion plans to Cotmore Park. Windles Group who are a leading and award winning printing company also currently based at Long Crendon are to occupy the 48,480 sqft unit and will create an additional 30 jobs on top of the 70 staff they currently employ.

Andrew Groves, managing director of Groves, said: "We are excited about this new development and delighted that we have been able to build suitable new premises in Thame to facilitate our growth plans." Bruce Podmore, managing director of Windles Group, said: "Being able to keep the business local to where it is and has evolved is of significant importance to us. When we move to our new purpose built environmentally sustainable building we look forward to having the additional space to prosper further and welcome new employees to our team."

Webb Gray have been working in close quarters with Bennimans construction to design and deliver the buildings with a BREEAM rating of Very Good, whilst the structures must be energy efficient and have a EPC B rating. The importance of a low carbon, energy efficient building is vital to Windles Group in particular who have won awards for recycling methods and green innovation and need their new headquarters to replicate the energy efficient nature the business already holds.

Work has officially begun on site and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The site is an allocated employment site under the Thame Town Plan whilst new accesses to Howland Road, links to the Phoenix Trail, cycle facilities for staff and new bus stops will also fall under the development and continue with the evolution of the Cotmore Park development. Webb Gray are excited to be working on the construction of the two units and are keen to provide superb accommodation that not only provides a pair of high quality units for Groves and Windles but also aids in the continued development of the Thame area.