Basepoint ACT for Local Charity
The latest development by Basepoint Business Centres which is located on Matford Park, Exeter, was visited last week by directors from both Basepoint and the ACT Foundation.The building is entering its final stages with completion scheduled for winter 2008 and is an important step logistically for Basepoint as it is the most westerly centre to date. Basepoint plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ACT Foundation, a grant-giving charity which aims to “enhance the quality of life for people in need”. This is achieved through grants to fund building related projects for residential accommodation, schools and hospices, as well as specialised equipment and other aids to assist with independent living. The Exeter development is one of a number of new centres currently under construction which will add to the ACT Foundations’ property portfolio and contribute towards income generation for the charity which is then used to provide grants for organisations and individuals in need. The Trustees of the ACT Foundation are currently focusing their efforts principally on disabled children and young adults, forming strategic partnerships with organisations working in these areas, as well as assisting individuals and other smaller charities. One such local charity to benefit from a pledge from the ACT Foundation is Robins Respite and Lifeskills Centre which is based in Dartington. The centre applied for a grant from the ACT Foundation to enable it to create a garden and patio alongside an extension which the charity had already secured funding for. The ACT Foundation has pledged £17K to Robins to provide a garden which will be fully accessible for wheelchair users and will include sensory features to stimulate visitors to the centre whilst outdoors. Denis Taylor FRICS, Group Chief Executive of the ACT Foundation, comments: ‘Basepoint’s ethos has always been to contribute to the local community and offer small and growing businesses the environment and services needed to enable them to flourish. The ACT Foundation takes the community aspect one step further by using the income from Basepoint and its other investments to provide charitable grants to those most in need. As Basepoint continues to grow the Foundations’ grant-giving capabilities are strengthened. The Exeter development marks the beginning of Basepoint’s expansion into the South West and the grant which has been pledged to Robins Respite Centre is one of a number which have been pledged in the region’. The new 2800 square metre Exeter centre will provide a choice of around 90 self-contained units ranging in size from 10 to 300 square metres. These include ideal one-person starter spaces for budding entrepreneurs, office suites to accommodate larger teams and drive-up studio workshops for light industrial or other ventures. The centre, being built by local builder Rok, will be fully managed with reception facilities during business hours with 24/7 access, meeting rooms and a full range of business support provided. All units will be let unfurnished and will be based in a good looking centre, have the latest technology, easy-in/easy-out terms and support from great people. Bruce MacDonald, Rok Contracts Director, said: “We’re delighted to be nearing the completion on this exciting project, which when finished, will offer local businesses, or those looking to relocate to Exeter, a choice of high quality premises in a convenient location.” For further information on Basepoint Exeter please call 0800 197 2994.