The beefed-up A14 is bringing forward a number of new enquiries for the Huntingdon office of Barker Storey Matthews which is now part of Eddisons. Richard Adam, Director and the office’s head of agency, considers the benefit of being perfectly placed.
The A14 funnel effect
Half an hour’s drive and just over a 22 mile drive to the north of our Huntingdon office sees you in Peterborough, just over 34 minutes away by car and just over 18 miles to the south is Cambridge where Barker Storey Matthews also has an office.
So our Huntingdon office couldn’t be more perfectly placed to benefit from the ripple effects of the commercial property market in the county’s two main cities.
Huntingdon is second only to Peterborough in our agency areas of operation for being a hive of industrial activity and premises and it’s a market sector in which operators are prevailing as we begin the phases of lifting out of pandemic business lockdown.
The landmark Alconbury Weald development off the A1(M), en route to Peterborough, offers a number of property opportunities on which we are instructed, including a phases offering industrial, office and R&D possibilities.
Particularly from the Cambridge side, we’ve seen a marked a number of enquiries funnelling up towards Huntingdon in the first half of the year. It can be no coincidence that the new 12 mile stretch of the A14 Huntingdon Southern bypass opened last December.
Huntingdon’s business sphere of influence extends to the market town of St Ives which has benefitted – and is set to benefit further – from the £1.5 billion investment programme to upgrade the A14 and the local road network.
There are a number of planned new developments coming through now on which we have instructions in St Ives.
New phases at Lakes Business Park, on the edge of the town – accessed from what is now the A1307, formerly the ‘old’ A14 route – are being marketed.
Also in St Ives, Enfield Court is a brand new development of ten units in the town’s most established industrial location, on Nuffield Road.
How business lockdown and the office life experience of working from home will shake-up office requirements remains to be seen and that’s something on which the head of agency in our Cambridge office has recently shared his thoughts.
However, the road improvements in the Huntingdon to Cambridge corridor do now afford the opportunity for the Huntingdon district to funnel through a genre and calibre of blue chip level office occupier who, historically, may have looked more to Cambridge.
For enquiries or further information from Barker Storey Matthews now part of Eddisons about commercial property and premises, contact the office in Huntingdon, 01480 451578.