Birmingham based Nurton Developments has now leased the entire third floor at its Lyndonplace office scheme in Sheldon, following a 10 year lease being taken by Home Learning College.
Just over 6,000 sq ft, with the option to increase its space by a further 2,100 sq ft, has been taken by the UK’s biggest provider of professional distance learning courses. Home Learning College is moving its team of telephone-based course advisers from a nearby location, as a result of recent and forecasted expansion. This follows on from the British Heart Foundation taking 8,500 sq ft towards the end 2011 for its new regional headquarters. The Heart of England NHS Trust has also been a tenant of the entire fourth floor since 2009.
Nurton acquired Lyndonplace on the A45 Coventry Road in a partial sale and leaseback from Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH) in 2006. The building then underwent extensive refurbishment both externally and to the common areas, plus the vacant third and fourth floors to create open-plan air-conditioned offices with raised floors.
A further 48,000 sq ft is currently occupied by SCH but further space could be made available by Nurton of up to 32,000 sq ft across the first and second floors, which would be newly refurbished.
“Our course advisers are central to our business, providing prospective students with detailed information about their study options and helping them to select the most appropriate course,” says Phil Hullah, CEO of Home Learning College. “This relocation will provide an excellent working environment, along with the space for further growth of the team. News of the move has been warmly welcomed by all concerned and will take place this summer.
Rupert Young, development director at Nurton Developments said: “Lyndonplace has been a solid performer in a very difficult market. Its location and high specification provides good quality office accommodation with parking and offers value for money on one of the main arterial routes into Birmingham city centre, very close to Birmingham International Airport and Station.”
Adrian Griffith from GVA, joint agents with KWB on Lyndonplace added: “Location is undoubtedly a key factor in the success of the scheme. Whilst not prime city centre or on the M42 corridor, the scheme’s excellent public transport links has been a major attraction to tenants and the access to skilled labour is better than if they were located on a business park.
“Nurton’s flexibility as a landlord and strong relationships with tenants has also been a major driver. Lyndonplace exemplifies the developer’s ability to extract value from secondary locations and make a success out of stock that others may have passed by.”
The Birmingham based developer is currently looking for opportunities in the office and industrial sectors across the Midlands and in key cities across the UK including Bristol, Leeds and Manchester.