Engineering firm relocates Welsh office to International Business Park

Cardiff Gate International Business Park welcomes award-winning engineering company Hoare Lea to its roster of companies.

The firm of consultants, which specialise in mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering has expanded its footprint by relocating from Links Business Park in St Mellons.

Hoare Lea is the UK’s oldest firm of consulting engineers (having celebrated 150 years of trading in 2012). With 11 UK offices and an increasing international presence, Hoare Lea opened its first office in Cardiff over 28 years ago.

Taking 5550 sq ft space over two floors within Atlantic House, Cardiff Gate, Hoare Lea is providing the flexibility to increase its workforce from 34 to over 50 employees. Huw Thomas, property consultancy acted on behalf of Hoare Lea.

Wynne Harris, managing partner, Hoare Lea is looking forward to the imminent move to Cardiff Gate and said:

“Following a period of quiet consolidation through the recessionary years we have seen a steady upturn in the UK and local Welsh economies. We needed to find somewhere with suitable space for us to grow the business while providing a high quality environment for our hard-working staff.

“Having looked at options in Cardiff Bay, the city centre and other business parks, we selected Cardiff Gate because of its faster IT connectivity, enhanced staff facilities including showers and break out spaces as well as the good access to local amenities and links to the M4.”

Tony Fletcher, managing director, Cardiff Gate International Business Park said:

“We are delighted to welcome Hoare Lea to the Park.

“The organisation joins the local, national and international businesses already situated here and we wish them a very warm welcome.”

Hoare Lea is taking on a 10-year lease with landlord Atlantic.

Craig Davies, Director of Atlantic commented:

“I am delighted to have secured a 10-year letting of Atlantic House to such a fantastic covenant. Atlantic and Hoare Lea have worked together commercially for many years and now the relationship has become even stronger by becoming landlord & tenant. We wish Hoare Lea every success in its new premises.”

Acting on behalf of Atlantic were Fletcher Morgan and Cooke & Arkwright.

Rhodri Roberts, surveyor at Fletcher Morgan, said:

“Securing a prestigious business like Hoare Lea shows that Cardiff Gate remains South Wales’ leading Business Park. Cardiff Gate offers high quality office space, ample parking with close proximity to the M4.”