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Healthcare firm agrees Bristol offices deal

An area of close to 8,000 sq ft of office space at a site just outside Bristol is to become the new home of a British healthcare service company called Harmoni after terms of its tenancy were agreed in recent days.

The company, whose operatives answer calls on behalf of the National Health Service on a round-the-clock basis, is to set up at Nicholson House in Stoke Gifford. The office opening will see Harmoni operating from the Bristol area for the first time.

Rental arrangements were agreed on a sub-lease basis with the Audit Commission, which left the relevant Nicholson House offices earlier in 2012 with a view to consolidating its offices over the course of next year.

Local property experts from GVA acted on behalf of the Audit Commission in ironing out the terms of the letting.

Amy Bullamore from GVA’s office agency team in Bristol said that the proximity of the new offices to key local transport links and the “flexibility of the space” were important factors in drawing Harmoni to Nicholson House.

She added that the rental arrangement deal was notably large in scale by the standards of Bristol’s fringe markets, where space is in demand but lettings involve an average of only 4,500 sq ft. Bullamore said: “Lack of Grade A space in the city means that well specified second hand space such as that available at Nicholson House, is now being snapped up.”

Back in November, GVA’s senior regional director in Bristol David Mace called on the city’s first and newly elected mayor George Ferguson to take bold steps to improve Bristol’s competitiveness as a location for businesses.

“I would urge Mr Ferguson to listen carefully to what business in Bristol has to say. Improvements in infrastructure, an integrated transport plan together with a clear vision for growth that includes embracing inward investment should all be seen as priority,” Mr Mace said.

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