Architects prepare for growth with new offices in Bond’s Mill

L-R: Letting agent John Hawkins (first right) with Russell Wilks (second right), Helen Hawke from Robert Hitchins (5th right), plus staff from Eric Cole Ltd at Bond’s Mill

Architects Eric Cole Ltd are preparing for growth as they take a lease on new offices at Bond’s Mill, Stonehouse, owned by Robert Hitchins Ltd.

Director Russell Wilks said the move from Cirencester to the Eagle Suite (2,803 sq ft) in The Wheelhouse offers a great opportunity.

“The decision to move to Bond’s Mill will enable the company to continue growing and provide a better working environment in a spacious and naturally-lit office which has fantastic views across the valley.

“Bond’s Mill has good transport links so we are confident that we can serve our current clients and hopefully pick up some new ones. It also has good parking which was becoming a major issue at our last location and the on-site café is a great facility.”

Eric Cole Ltd is one of the longest-established architecture firms in Gloucestershire, founded in Cheltenham in 1860 and operates mainly along the M4 and M5 corridors with some work further afield. Branch offices opened in Cirencester in the 1930s and in Swindon in the 1950s.

Robert Hitchins’ Helen Hawke welcomed the company to Bond’s Mill which is situated alongside the Stroudwater Canal and River Frome in a mix of refurbished Victorian mill buildings and modern commercial premises.

“We’re delighted to welcome Eric Cole Ltd, relocating from Cirencester to Bond’s Mill. Eagle Suite is a stunning office at the top of our main mill building and the light and airy feel will be a great creative environment for architects,” she said.

Bond’s Mill is on the A419 near Stroud. It offers on-site management with 50 tenants in premises ranging from 100 to 15,000 sq ft and accommodates many start-ups as well as established companies such as UK Power Solutions, Omega Resource, Biocensus and BPE Solicitors.

The agent was John Hawkins, of Hawkins Watton Stroud.