Basepoint Plan for New Centre in Winchester
Basepoint announces plans for a new centre in Winchester following the recent signing of a lease agreement with Winchester City Council for a site at Winnall Valley Road in the north of the city.This is great news for small businesses in the area who will welcome this much-needed addition to the local business scene when the centre opens in 2009. It will be our eighth Basepoint establishment in Hampshire. Up to 70 new and small businesses will benefit from the new and refurbished office and studio workshop facilities to be developed by Basepoint, and the location’s easy access to motorway and rail networks is expected to stimulate interest from businesses across the central Hampshire region. The site, which is currently owned by Winchester City Council, has remained vacant for a number of years, but is now to be completely revitalised, with Basepoint planning to build an 800 square-metre modern office block linked to an existing premises on the site, which will be refurbished to 21st century standards at the same time. A planning application for the works is soon to be submitted and, if successful, construction is expected to begin in early autumn 2008. Like other Basepoint centres the Winchester development will provide first-class facilities for start-up and growing businesses in the area, available on rolling two-week licences. The centre will offer space to suit all sizes and types of business, ranging from one-person micro-offices for the emerging entrepreneur to office suites accommodating larger teams, plus studio workshops for light manufacturing and other ventures. Basepoint licensees in the Winchester centre will also benefit from shared facilities including meeting rooms and the support of a friendly and knowledgeable on-site management team who will ensure the smooth running of the centre and liaise with a comprehensive network of local contacts, thus enabling entrepreneurs to gain access to a wide range of specialist business support. “We have been searching for a suitable site in Winchester for a number of years,” said Phil Stansfield, Executive Director of Basepoint. “We believe that this new centre will replicate the success of our other local centres in Southampton, Romsey and Andover.” “I am delighted by the agreement that has been reached,” added Tony Langridge, Head of Estates at Winchester City Council. “Not only will an area of Winchester be given a new lease of life, but local businesses will now also have a wealth of business facilities available to them. The fact that Basepoint also generates funding for charities makes this project particularly agreeable.” As a subsidiary of the ACT Foundation, Basepoint already supports four Winchester-based charities: Naomi House, the Trinity drop-in centre, friends of Shepherds Down School and the Emmanus green roof project at Bar End.