A guide to serviced offices and office space for rent in Rickmansworth as well as general information that may be useful if you are thinking of renting offices in the town.
History & Geography
Rickmansworth lies in the heart of the Three Rivers district in the county of Hertfordshire. The town is directly to the north of the River Colne and the Grand Union Canal. Rickmansworth is also within walking or cycling distance to the River Chess. Rickmansworth derived its name from the Saxon name ‘Ryckmer’, the local lord, and the term ‘worth’ meaning stockade. The original parish of Rickmansworth was formed by Moorpark, Batchworth, Chorleywood, Mill End and West Hyde. The town grew significantly with the advent of rail and the building of Rickmansworth station, which is on the Metropolitan line of the London underground. Later when the Grand Union canal was built, amalgamated from several existing canals, Rickmansworth’s population swelled more and the town prospered.
Rickmansworth’s traditional industries were corn milling, paper making, brewing, silk weaving and the cultivation of watercress. All of these industries have long since gone from the town except for the watercress. There are numerous watercress beds around all of the rivers and streams around the town, and the plant is still cultivated extensively. , However currently Rickmansworth functions mainly as a commuter town, with many of its residents working in central London. Recently Rickmansworth was recognised as one of the top ten neighbourhoods with the highest quality of life according to government statistics.
Tourism & Culture
Rickmansworth, dubbed ‘Ricky’ by its denizens, has a multitude of attractions for visitors. Many enjoy cycling along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, as well as hiking in the River Chess Valley. Every year the town celebrates ‘Ricky Week’ in May, which is closely followed by the Rickmansworth Festival, organized by the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust and celebrating the role canals have played in the town’s heritage. The town is also known for its frost hollow which prevents the drainage of cold air from a certain part of the valley, resulting in the largest daily temperature range in the country.
The town is served by Rickmansworth Station, a London Underground and National Rail station. As one of the few underground stations beyond Greater London Rickmansworth Station lies in Travelcard Zone 7. The town itself is served by a bus network that connects it to several surrounding towns as well a London. There is also a taxi service which makes pickups outside the station.
Rickmansworth itself has a fairly small amount of office space, as it is primarily a residential town, due to its status as a commuter town feeding London. The centre of Rickmansworth has primarily Grade B office space, however there are several office parks nearby surrounding Watford.