News release

RO Group breaks ground on industrial scheme in Amesbury

JLL appointed as leasing agents on Helix in Amesbury

May 20, 2021

RO Real Estate has marked the start of construction on Helix at Solstice Park, its industrial scheme in Amesbury, Wiltshire.  A breaking ground ceremony for Phase One was held today alongside letting agents JLL and Myddelton & Major as well as the contractor, Barnwood Construction.

Helix will be the latest addition to the 160-acre mixed use Solstice Park development, strategically located in central southern England on the A303 trunk road between London and Bristol.  There are already a number of national occupiers at Solstice Park including KFC, McDonalds, Co-op, Greggs, Harvester, Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut, Toby Carvery and Holiday Inn.  Other trade counteroccupiers in the immediate vicinity include Screwfix and Howdens, as well as the likes of TJ Morris/Home Bargains, Muller Wiseman, Holiday Inn, Tesco and Lidl.

Phase One will consist of 11 new trade counter units ranging in size from 3,197 sq ft to 10,408 sq ft.  The units will be of steel frame construction and larger units can be created by combining units within a terrace.  Each unit has a seven metre eaves height, 37.5kN/m2 of floor capacity, and reserved parking bays.  The units will be available leasehold and will be suited to B1, B2 and B8 use.

Later phases of Helix at Solstice Park will see industrial and warehouse design and build opportunities ranging in size from 10,000 ft2 to 85,000 ft2.  These could be tailored to an end user’s specific requirements.  Eaves heights to 15 metres should be achievable.    

David Kershaw, Group Real Estate Director, the RO commented “We are hugely excited to be starting on site at Helix.  This has been a long-anticipated project at Solstice Park, which is a proven location.  A number of high calibre operators are located here and there has been continued investment in the site.  The new mix of units will appeal to a wide variety of occupiers and we are already in conversation with interested parties.

“The RO continues to execute on our strategy of investing in, developing, modernising, and expanding assets, particularly where we see latent demand, and looking for new sites similar to Helix.  We would like to thank the attendees at today’s ceremony, and we look forward to the completion of phase one early next year.” 

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