A guide to serviced offices and office space to rent in Staines as well as general information that may be useful if you are thinking of renting offices in the town.
History & Geography
Located on the River Thames in Surrey, a mere 17 miles from London, Staines is one of the most popular towns to live in London’s commuter belt. Like many towns in the area Staines started life as a Roman encampment, first being established in 43 CE. The settlement sat on an important crossing of the Thames on the road to London. This strategically important location has meant that Staines has played a role in many of Britain’s most important historical events. For example the town was where the barons met before facing King John at Runnymede. It was also the site of many skirmishes during the English Civil War and the town where Sir Thomas More was tried. In modern times the town was known for its production of linoleum.
Because Staines is so close to both London and Heathrow, many companies have major offices there, including BUPA, Waterstones, Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx, Argos, Waitrose, Tesco, PC World, JD Sports and Debenhams. The town’s High Street is completely pedestrianised and one of the largest markets in Surrey is held there every Wednesday and Saturday. In 2002 a sizable retail park was built dubbed Two Rivers, as it is bisected by the Colne and Wraysbury rivers. Staines has excellent transport links to London and is therefore a popular commuter town.
Staines has a beautiful town hall which is a blend of Flemish and Italian architecture set in a small square in the town. The town has a number of green spaces and is quite popular with day trippers from London. There are many Georgian houses lining the streets of the town, giving it a sedate, old world feel. The popular band Hard Fi hail from Staines, as did the famous poet and literary critic Mathew Arnold. Sascha Baren Cohen’s fictional character Ali G is also from Staines.
Staines is served by the Staines railway station which has services to London Waterloo, Weybridge, Windsor, Reading and Eton Riverside. A taxi service is available at the station and the town’s bus station is five minutes walk away. A bus services connects the town to the nearby Thorpe Park. Currently there are discussions underway to build a new line from Heathrow to Staines to be dubbed the Heathrow Airtrack. This will entail an additional platform being built for Staines railway station. Originally a whole new station, Staines high street station, was to be built, but it was decided this was unfeasible.
Recent research has found that the Staines office market actually performed better than the national average during the recession. Staines has a fairly small amount of office space currently and there is nothing in the pipeline. Therefore it has been predicted that some growth of rents will occur in the town over the next few years. The current prime rent in the town is approximately GBP 30 per square foot per month. However this is expected to increase should fresh investment not become available.