A guide to serviced offices and office space for rent in Reigate as well as general information that may be useful if you are thinking of renting office space in the town.
History & Geography
Located in Surrey at the foot of the North Downs, Reigate is one of the most desirable and popular of the London commuter towns. There is evidence that the area was the site of a Roman settlement and later was occupied by the Anglo Saxons. In the 10th century Reigate castle was built and the town expanded significantly. Later Reigate became a major producer of oatmeal however this industry had disappeared by the 18th century. In 1841 the advent of the Brighton railway caused further expansion of the town.
Reigate is located in a wealthy area of Surrey and the town has a bustling centre and a fairly prosperous retail industry. Reigate’s high street is lined with a number of boutiques as well as the usual chain stores such as H&∓M and Marks & Spencers. Despite its popularity as a retail destination and its glut of shops Reigate still retains a village style ambience, mainly due to the fact that it is a commuter town and most of its residents work in London, commuting by car or train. The now defunct Air Europe briefly had its headquarters in Reigate before moving to Crawley in West Sussex.
Reigate has become known for its plethora of town centre restaurants and bars. Celebrity chef Tony Tobin has his restaurant in the area, and there are a variety of different cuisines on offer in Reigate, including Indian, Thai, Nepalese, English and French. A popular activity is visiting the Reigate caves, located underneath the castle. A local legend has it that the rebellious barons met in the caves before signing the Magna Carta. Reigate is also set in the middle of some of Surrey’s most beautiful countryside and the area is popular with ramblers and hikers.
Reigate is served by Reigate Railway Station and which serves trains direct to London Victoria and London Bridge. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes. The station also serves off peak trains which run to Gatwick Airport, Reading, Redhill and London Bridge. Trains to London are run by Southern Railway. Outside the station is a taxi rank which serves the local area. The town is also only a few minutes from Junction 8 of the M25 and the town’s one-way system incorporates parts of the A25 and the A217. The town itself has a bus system which connects with other major towns in the area.
While Reigate is primarily a commuter town, increasingly it is being seen by businesses as a viable location in the southeast to base themselves. Currently the primary rent in Reigate is approximately GBP 23.50 per square foot per year. Take up has been relatively low in the last few years however is showing signs of slow recovery. Rents are forecast to remain approximately the same in the next year.