Kirkby Diamond advises university on office move

Eamon Kennedy, partner and head of agency for Kirkby Diamond

The University of Bedfordshire has taken the keys to new offices in Aylesbury, after receiving advice from leading commercial property consultancy Kirkby Diamond.

The nursing and midwifery departments have moved from Oxford House in Aylesbury to a 23,500 sq ft modern facility within the Buckinghamshire campus, which is shared with Aylesbury College, in Oxford Road.

The teaching facility will provide better amenities and car parking for staff and students, said Eamon Kennedy, partner at Kirkby Diamond, who provided the university with leasehold, agency and acquisition advice.

“We were appointed by the University of Bedfordshire to provide our expert advice as they look to complete a number of lettings aimed at improving the student experience,” he said.

“They are very pleased with the move to the Oxford Road premises as it means they have moved out of an office building that was shared with general occupiers to a campus environment, which will be better for the students.”

Nick Jones, director of facilities and estates at the university, said: “We are delighted with our new premises at Aylesbury College. They have allowed us to provide a more modern learning environment for our nursing and midwifery students. We have also been able to improve our on-site skills labs where students can gain the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the healthcare industry as nurses and midwives.”

The university’s two main campuses are in Luton town centre and Bedford. Both have been recently modernised with new teaching and social facilities and new on-campus student accommodation.

There are also two dedicated campuses for the teaching of nursing and midwifery degrees at Butterfield Park on the outskirts of Luton and at the Buckinghamshire campus in Aylesbury.

Kirkby Diamond is a full service firm of chartered surveyors and property consultants. The company, with offices in Milton Keynes, Luton and Bedford, works with local and national clients to offer a total solution to their surveying and commercial agency needs.