A major refurbishment programme at south Birmingham’s premier business centre has led to a flood of lettings.
So far this year, new tenants have been arriving Kings Norton Business Centre (KNBC) at the rate of one per month, adding to the 80 occupiers already present at the popular 60-acre site.
The new arrivals include Seager Bearings, Orwin & Bruce Associates, Edward Thomas Interiors Limited, Rowland Door Systems and Magic Carpets Limited.
Seager is a bearings distributor that has taken over a new 1,246 sq ft unit at Sovereign Road. The firm, which has been in business for 67 years, has a taken a five year lease and joins other trade occupiers at KNBC’s dedicated Sovereign Road Enterprise Centre, including Screwfix and HSS Hire.
Edward Thomas Interiors Limited is also moving to a new unit in Sovereign Road, of 7,982 sq ft, having signed a ten-year lease.
A third new occupier, Orwin & Bruce Associates, is to open a 3,000 sq ft music studio in Queen’s Drive – the business was previously located in Selly Oak, and found fame after hosting many of Birmingham’s iconic rock groups, including Black Sabbath and Electric Light Orchestra. The firm is also taking a 1,600 sq ft unit in Prince Road, to use as a storage facility.
Rowland Door Systems is taking a 6,757 sq ft unit on a ten-year lease, relocating from Aston. RDS supplies and install industrial doors and loading bay equipment, and their customers include Tesco, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW.
A fifth new tenant, Magic Carpets Limited, has taken 1,600 sq ft unit at 8 Prince Road. The firm is a rug manufacturer and wholesaler, and the new unit will serve trade and public customers, as well as providing space for the firm’s cut and binding services.
Lettings at the estate are being handled by the Birmingham office of leading real estate company Cushman & Wakefield and Harris Lamb.
John Sambrooks, industrial and logistics team director at the firm, said: “Kings Norton Business Centre is one of the city’s most popular business centres and continues to thrive.
“This is partly down to its location, as it is ideally positioned for Birmingham city centre and the M42 motorway and is close to Kings Norton railway station, but also the quality of its accommodation.
“Our clients have invested in the estate which has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment programme recently and further improvements are planned to upgrade the estate during 2016.
“These works were a key factor in attracting some of these new tenants – Edward Thomas, for example, is moving into a unit which has been comprehensively refurbished only shortly before lease commencement.”
Cushman & Wakefield and Harris Lamb are acting for landlord Harbert Management Corporation (Europe) LLC at Kings Norton Business Centre, the estate is asset managed by CBRE Asset Management on their behalf.