Rural business units proving inspirational to design and media businesses

20 October 2021
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barns Business Units Merthyr Mawr let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright
  • Chapel Barn Business Units, Merthyr Mawr, let by Cooke & Arkwright

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Only one unit remains available at Chapel Barns business centre after a refurbishment carried out by Merthyr Mawr Estate, and a new management programme completed by Cooke & Arkwright’s Land Agency department. The firm’s Business Space team recently signed a further three local businesses to Chapel Barns in the thatched village of Merthyr Mawr, south of Bridgend.

The range of eight sympathetically converted barn units, part of a Listed set of traditional farm buildings, are now home to media and filming companies, a design consultancy, a photographer, care providers, and a professional coaching and leadership service. Merthyr Mawr is just two miles outside Bridgend and the nearby M4 motorway.

Mark Siddons, Associate with Business Space and letting agent for the estate said, “The units have generated a lot of interest from a wide range of occupiers, who are attracted to the picturesque rural setting. We are currently experiencing high demand for the last remaining unit.

“The accommodation has been tastefully refurbished and modernised, while retaining the original character and rural charm. With businesses less wedded to town and city centres following the adoption of more flexible working patterns during the pandemic, we are confident Chapel Barns will continue to prove a popular business environment.”

Tomos Davies, Senior Surveyor with Land Agency and instructed managing agent at the estate said, “It’s great to see the units let with tenants secured by our colleagues in Business Space. Only one is available after becoming vacant in August. The excellent location of the village and its chocolate box charm means the units at Chapel Barns are very sought after. Until a few years ago the former farmyard was derelict and unused, so it’s excellent to be able to see a historic asset being used whilst also providing a sound financial return.”

Rory McLaggan of Merthyr Mawr Estates, the landlord of Chapel Barns business centre outlined his vision for how the space would evolve for the future. “The Estate has planning consent to convert the remaining Listed buildings on the site, which when completed will double the available floor area. Our aim is to create a vibrant community of businesses, and provide a range of accommodation to suit different needs, from flexible workspace, to small units for businesses seeking their first office, as well as space for established businesses looking for a unique location.

“We know from feedback we have had from businesses that have based themselves at Chapel Barns what a special place it is to work, and how much people appreciate the beautiful surroundings, and we look forward to expanding the space and improving it further.”

Blake Morgan committed to 29,000 sq ft office in the exciting Central Square development. We retained Ben Bolton and his team some time ago to advise and appraise options in the lead up to this significant move of our Cardiff Office. The business is extremely pleased with the outcome and Ben's negotiations and attention to detail was a major part to this.

Philip Jardine, Blake Morgan LLP