A guide to serviced offices and office space to rent in Bracknell as well as general information that may be useful if you are thinking of renting offices in the town.
History & Geography
Bracknell is a small town in Berkshire in England approximately 11 miles away from Reading and 28 miles west of London. Surrounding the town are Swinley Woods and Crowthorne Woods, two vast expanses of forest. Some of the areas covered by the town were previously in the parishes of Easthampstead, Warfield, Binfield and Winkfield. The town was the site of a favourite royal hunting lodge where Catherine of Aragon was banished while she awaited divorce. In the 18th and 17th centuries the area was a notorious haven for highwaymen, including the famous Dick Turpin, who was said to drink at the Hinds Head Inn near the town. In 1949 Bracknell was named a new town and refurbished and expanded. Since the town has expanded far beyond what was originally intended, with the latest expansion having occurred in 2008.
Bracknell is home to a host of high-tech companies such as Fujitsu, Panasonic, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Cable and Wireless, Avnet Tech Solutions and DEC. The UK headquarters of the BMW Group are also based in the town, as is the head office of supermarket giant Waitrose. Bracknell was in the past a fairly significant manufacturing centre, however most of this disappeared in the late 1980s. The Met Office also had a large presence in the town before moving to Exeter.
Bracknell is well known for hosting the Big Day Out Festival, one of the largest World Music and acoustic festivals in the UK. The town’s theatre scene is based around the Wilde Theatre, named for Oscar Wilde who named a character in The Importance of Being Ernest for the town – Lady Bracknell. Several scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot in Bracknell, as was the famous 1970s psychological thriller The Offence. The sport scene in the town is centred around Bracknell Town FC, which plays in the Southern Football League Division One South and West.
Bracknell boasts two railway stations, Bracknell and Martins Heron. Both of these lie on the Waterloo to Reading Line, operated by South West Trains. Currently Bracknell functions as a popular commuter town, being conveniently situated for both London and Reading. Bracknell is at the end of the A329 between the M3 and M4 motorways. Currently a new link is being proposed which would run to the west of the centre of the town. Bracknell also has a fairly comprehensive bus service run by First Berkshire & The Thames Valley.
For a town of its size Bracknell has a fair amount of quality Grade A office space. The latest development to reach completion was London House, a 13,753 square foot property. Much of the demand in Bracknell stems from the town’s active technology sector which is very active in Bracknell due to the towns’ convenient location. The prime rent in the town is approximately GBP 25 per square foot.