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Guildford Office Space Guide

 

[Updated Jan 2020] A guide to serviced offices and office space to rent in Guildford as well as general information that may be useful if you are thinking of renting office space in the town.

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History & Geography

Guildford, perhaps one of the most idyllic towns in southern England, is located in the county of Surrey, approximately 27 miles southwest of the capital. The town is set among the North Downs at the point where the River Wey is forded by the ancient trackway of Harrow Way. It is no doubt due to this convenient and strategically important position that the town was founded in the 5th century CE by Saxon settlers in Britain. The name of the town simply means ‘Gold Ford’ and is thought to be a reference to yellow flowers that grew on the banks of the river. Shortly after the invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 Guildford Castle was built by the Normans in order to keep order in the local area and to dominate the important east-west trading route on which Guildford lay. In the subsequent centuries, Guildford continued to prosper especially from the local wool trade. The town was an important commercial hub and also a rest stop for travellers. In 1653 the Wey Navigations, which made it possible to access the Thames River at Weybridge by boat was completed. This boosted the town’s fortunes considerably as it increased trade with London. The navigation was extended in the late 18th century and then in the 19th century, the Basingstoke Canal was built, putting Guildford at the centre of a far-ranging canal system. During WWII Guildford was spared the heavy bombing which devastated other British towns and cities, though the town did build a series of deep air raid shelters in the nearby Foxenden chalk quarry. Guildford’s population and infrastructure continued to expand in the latter part of the 20th century and today the town is a thriving centre of retail as well as several service industries.

Economy

While historically Guildford was a town sustained by the wool trade, that has long since ceased to be a significant part of the town’s economy. Guildford is still a market town however, with a bustling market being held on Fridays and Saturdays. The town is known as one of the most expensive places to live in the UK outside London but is also statistically the safest place to live in the country. Retail is a large part of the economy of the town and the High Street is lined with a wide selection of shops and department stores. According to a recent retail survey, Guildford is, in fact, the best shopping destination in the country. Guildford is also an important commercial town however, with four major companies having a significant presence in Guildford. Vodafone, Mitsubishi and Colgate-Palmolive all have large offices in Guildford. Moreover, the town has become something of a hub for the video game industry, with major companies such as Electronic Arts, Media Molecule, Lionhead Studios and Criterion Games all present in Guildford. Military vehicle constructors Automotive Technik are based in Guildford, as are fire engine manufacturer Dennis Specialist Vehicles. Surrey Research Park on the outskirts of the town contains many companies on the leading edge of tech research.

Culture

Guildford is a popular destination for visitors from around the region due to its retail industry as well as its pleasant surroundings. With its cobbled High Street Guildford still very much resembles a traditional English market town. Guildford Castle is a popular attraction and has just been completely refurbished, including a new visitors centre with panels telling visitors about the history of the castle. The castle sits in an area of gardens which are renowned in the area for their beautiful flower beds. Guildford Museum is located in the gatehouse of the castle and has displays of local history and archaeology as well as a specialist needlework collection. Guildford itself is home to the Guildford House Gallery, which houses the most visited art gallery in Surrey, with over 120,000 visitors per year. During the summer Stoke Park, a large park near the town centre, hosts the Guilfest music festival as well as the Surrey County Show. The town’s theatrical scene is based out of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre which routinely shows plays directly from the West End. Guildford’s Odeon cinema multiplex is currently the only cinema which shows digital 4K films to the public.

Transportation

Guildford is served by two rail stations, Guildford Station and London Road Station. Guildford Station is on the left side of the river and serves the main line between London Waterloo and Portsmouth. The London Road Station serves the main line between Waterloo and London Bridge. Guildford itself is served by an extensive bus network operated by Arriva and using the bus station attached to the Friary shopping centre as a hub. There is also a park and ride service which has three sites, Artington, Merrow and Spectrum.

Office space to rent in Guildford

In recent years demand has slowly risen in the area. The supply of space in the area remains fairly constricted and is even more so in the town centre. Moreover, much of the space that is available in the town centre is not Grade A office space. Headline rents in the town centre remain at GBP 27 per square foot whereas out of town rates are at about GBP 25 per square foot. Speculative construction of office space in Guildford has fallen off completely from where it was in 2005, and for this reason, it has been forecast that headline rents will be at approximately GBP 30 per square foot by 2014.

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