Chippenham’s international tech boom continues as Transport Exchange Group moves into Bewley House

By Nick Batten on 19 March, 2024

Growing UK transport technology specialist Transport Exchange Group (TEG) has taken a floor at Bewley House, Chippenham, joining Siemens and two other international technology companies, a clear sign that the location has a strong appeal to businesses with a global perspective. 

Siemens has moved to a new suite on the ground floor, while TEG has taken over the first floor. Two other floors are occupied by Trapeze, a transportation software company owned by a Canadian IT company, and by Descartes, a multinational company specialising in logistics software. The final floor is occupied by the NHS.

The building is owned and operated by commercial property provider HPH.

Bewley House is an excellent business location with superb connectivity. The railway station is five minutes’ walk away and London is as little as one hour away by train, while Bristol, Bath and Swindon are all within 30 minutes’ drive. 

The recommitment to Chippenham by Siemens and TEG also indicates that they want to stay in a location that’s attractive to employees. At a time when many businesses are trying to lure staff back to the office, a workplace is more appealing when it offers other attractions such as cafes, shops and a town centre buzz – all things out-of-town locations typically lack. 

As well as being located right beside cycle routes, Bewley House also provides extensive car parking with EV charging, covered bike storage and a dedicated shower block. The building is carbon neutral and includes many energy-saving measures such as energy-efficient lighting, high-performance window film and a new heating system with remote monitoring.

Lindsay Holdoway, HPH’s Managing Director, said, “We are thrilled to welcome TEG to the building to complement the existing high calibre, high tech international occupiers. We are also really pleased to have been able to help Siemens adjust their footprint, and delighted they are keen to remain in Bewley House. Both transactions firmly underline Bewley House’s increasing value in the market, signalling how important sustainable office space is for many organisations.”

He added, “Chippenham is probably the best M4 town for access to both the main London-Bristol line and the motorway, just 15 minutes away. Having continued investment from three global technology giants shows that the town has an awful lot going for it.” 

For Navid Baghi, Director of Customer Operations at TEG, the move represents an important step for the company. “We are thrilled about our exciting move to Bewley House, marking a significant milestone for TEG,” he explained. “It’s great to be sharing a building with other tech heavyweights like Siemens. The exceptional transport links and vibrant surroundings provide an inspiring backdrop for our team, contributing to an enriching work environment.

“In addition, we are eager to tap into the abundance of local talent in the area, a valuable resource to bolster our recruitment efforts. This strategic move aligns seamlessly with our growth ambitions, and we look forward to harnessing the collective skills and expertise of the community to drive our success.”

HPH was advised by leasing agents Alder King and Huw Thomas Commercial. 

Two suites are still available in the building, Second Floor (2,700 sq. ft) and Ground Floor West Wing (825 sq. ft).

Pictured above: Bewley House Arches Suite (Credit – Andy Fletcher)