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Architects reveal designs on growth

An architectural practice has revealed its grand designs for growth after relocating from to new headquarters in Gloucestershire.

Formerly based in the Cotswold town of Cirencester the business has moved into a 2,803 sq ft offices at The Wheelhouse in Bond's Mill.

Director of Eric Cole Ltd, Russell Wilks, said the move offered "a great opportunity" for the practice.

"The decision to move to Bond's Mill will enable the company to continue growing and provide a better working environment in a spacious and naturally-lit office which has fantastic views across the valley," said Mr Cole.

"Bond's Mill has good transport links so we are confident that we can serve our current clients and hopefully pick up some new ones.

"It also has good parking which was becoming a major issue at our last location and the on-site café is a great facility."

Eric Cole Ltd describes itself as one of the longest-established architecture firms in Gloucestershire, founded in Cheltenham in 1860 and operating mainly along the M4 and M5 corridors with some work further afield.

Branch offices opened in Cirencester in the 1930s and in Swindon in the 1950s.

"We're delighted to welcome Eric Cole Ltd, relocating from Cirencester to Bond's Mill. Eagle Suite is a stunning office at the top of our main mill building and the light and airy feel will be a great creative environment for architects," said Helen Hawke of Robert Hitchins, which owns and manages the business park, a mix of refurbished Victorian mill buildings and modern commercial premises

Bond's Mill is on the A419 near Stroud. It offers on-site management with 50 tenants in premises ranging from 100 to 15,000 sq ft and accommodates many start-ups as well as established companies such as UK Power Solutions, Omega Resource, Biocensus and BPE Solicitors.

The agent was John Hawkins, of Hawkins Watton Stroud.

Robert Hitchins, based at Boddington in Gloucestershire, is one of the biggest property developers and investors in the South West and South Wales.

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