Leading Scottish independent firm of chartered surveyors DM Hall, together with property agents, Ryden LLP, have secured the first tenant for one of the seven recently refurbished industrial units at 1-7 Crombie Road, just a short distance to the south of the city centre and part of an established industrial area in close proximity to the Port of Aberdeen.
In-site Property Solutions Ltd, an award-winning family-owned business with over 40 years of industrial property ownership and management experience throughout the north of England and Scotland’s central belt, purchased the development in January 2022.
Shortly afterwards, Burns Construction of Aberdeen undertook a £1.4 million programme of refurbishment of the premises on behalf of In-site, which included replacement of all roof coverings and external cladding, replacement of all vehicle access doors, renewal of all external doors and windows, internal redecoration of workshop flooring, walls and structural steelwork and refurbishment of internal offices/staff amenity blocks.
Alex Boyle, Managing Director of In-site, said: “Our intention was to restore and upgrade the entire development to give prospective tenants a first class, high-quality base of operations. I believe we have succeeded in that aim and we are grateful to our contractors for ably fulfilling the brief we provided.”
Following completion, the quality of the refurbishment work has not gone unnoticed, with In-site agreeing a new 10-year lease to Belron UK Ltd t/a Autoglass in December 2022 at a rent reflecting a rate per square foot of £9.50.
Belron currently operates in 37 countries across the globe, with Autoglass, the leading vehicle glass repair and replacement company in the UK, now establishing Unit 7 as its primary Aberdeen branch.
Stuart Johnston of DM Hall said: “This is the first of what we believe will be a steady stream of established businesses recognising an unmissable opportunity to place themselves at the centre of north east Scotland’s commercial activity by availing themselves of premises appropriate to their ambitions.”
Scott Harper of Alps Group Ltd, who acted on behalf of Belron UK, said: “Our client is pleased that such a proven business as In-site Property Solutions has led the way in undertaking the successful refurbishment of the Crombie Road site and we, collectively, wish it many years of successful trading.”
The location of the units on Crombie Road means they benefit not only from their proximity to both the city centre and the Port of Aberdeen, with numerous commercial occupiers nearby, but also the excellent level of access provided via the main trunk road, most notably Wellington Road which links onto the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the A90.
The six remaining units, ranging in size from 511.34 sqm (5,504 sqft) to 1,337 sqm (14,390 sqft), provide a main workshop area, with a minimum eaves height of 5.6m, office accommodation and staff facilities, including a concrete forecourt located to the front of each unit for servicing and car parking.
Mr Johnston added: “Full details of all remaining units are available on our website, with rents available on application. As indicated, having been only recently refurbished to a high standard, we expect to see significant interest arising in the letting of these units.”