Intrepid accountant Gary Parker explores new ground with office move and business expansion

Leading South Wales accountant Gary Parker has returned to the city of Newport.

Global expedition leader and mountaineer Gary has chosen a relatively undiscovered part of the city to locate the new head quarters for his accountancy firm.

The 2,500 sq ft of office space, now called Summit House, at Waterside Court, Albany Street, in the Crindau part of the city, is next to the River Usk and adjacent to the M4 at Brynglas.

Parker & Co, which now also has an office in Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol, has taken the Newport space at a competitive rent on a five year lease.

The area has been made more accessible up since Sainsbury’s opened its large supermarket with a new road coming from the motorway junction into the site.

Gary said: “We were looking at a number of locations to move the office to from where we have been in Magor and the offices at Waterside Court ticked all the boxes.

“The location, which Hutchings and Thomas sourced for us, is ideal in terms of location and ease of access to the Motorway; the offices are modern light and airy and provide us with a blank canvas it terms of internal design and fit out.

“The offices are right on the river bank and overlook the Usk as well the M4. It’s perfect for clients that we have along the M4 from West Wales to Chepstow. There is also sufficient space in the two floors of offices to handle the planned expansion of the business over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Haydn Thomas, of agents Hutchings & Thomas Chartered Surveyors, said: “Waterside Court fitted Parker & Co’s brief right down to the ground.

“Since the new road into the area was opened to serve the new Sainsbury’s more people have looked again at the spot as a location for offices whereas before it was mainly industrial and warehousing.”

Mr Thomas said St Brides Investments, which own the offices, has a further 2,500 sq ft to let on the site.