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Business centres

The council's two business centres are mixed-use developments comprising offices and light industrial units.

Business centres can be seen on our business property map and any currently available units will be listed on the vacant property register.

Dales Brewery

  • six offices, three workshops and four shops.
  • Situated on Gwydir Street, off Mill Road and is within walking distance of the city centre and train station.
  • Has allocated parking for each business

Workshop units and offices are let for a period of three years in accordance with the terms of our business centres lease.

The four shops are let for five years in accordance with our retail properties lease.

A service charge covering the costs of gas central heating, electricity, cleaning of shared areas and buildings insurance is payable on all Dales Brewery properties.

Email property.services@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457447.

Gwydir Enterprise Centre

  • Eight ground-floor workshops and six first-floor offices.
  • Situated on Gwydir Street, off Mill Road.
  • Built around a communal car park and is within walking distance of the city centre and train station.

Workshop units and offices are let for a period of three years in accordance with the terms of our business centres lease.

A service charge covering the costs of gas central heating, electricity, cleaning of shared areas and buildings insurance is payable on all Gwydir Enterprise Centre properties.

To find out more about Gwydir Enterprise Centre or to arrange a viewing of a vacant unit, email property.services@cambridge.gov.uk or phone 01223 457447.


Business centres lease

The lease for an office or workshop will be in a standard form, with the main terms and conditions set out as below.

Incoming lessees are responsible for any takeover or connection charges and are liable for our legal costs of approximately £650, including a non-refundable deposit of £200 which is payable in advance.

A successful application to let a property is subject to the receipt of satisfactory references.

If a lease is taken in the name of a limited company we will require a personal guarantor.

Please be aware that the form of the final lease may vary slightly and this is provided only as an example.

  1. The lease is for a term of three years.
  2. Rent is:
    1. payable monthly in advance by direct debit
    2. exclusive of business rates
    3. exclusive of service charge which will be payable in advance on an estimated figure which will be annually adjusted to actual expenditure
    4. exclusive of any VAT which may become payable
  3. The tenant will reimburse the council the periodic premiums payable by the council in respect of the insurance of the structure.
  4. The tenant will be responsible for internal non-structural repairs, internal decoration and gas and electrical safety checks.
  5. The tenant is not to make any alterations or additions which affect the structure or exterior of the building without the prior written consent of the Head of Property and Building Services. Such consent may be given or withheld at his sole discretion.
  6. The tenant must comply with all statutes and regulations relating to the demised premises including the Health and Safety at Work Act. The tenant is not to cause nuisance from noise, odour or accumulation of materials or waste.
  7. The tenant not to assign, underlet or otherwise part with possession of the whole or any part of the demised premises at any time
  8. The tenant may at any time after the expiry of the first six months of the lease, but prior to the commencement of the last six months, surrender the lease on giving of not less than three calendar months notice in writing. This is subject to payment of the council's reasonable legal costs.
  9. The tenant is to ensure that parking is restricted to the spaces provided and that no obstruction is caused to the service area, yard or highway. A parking control service ensures that parking is restricted to those authorised by permit.
  10. The tenant to take a lease in the form prepared by the Director of Legal and Democratic Services and pay all reasonable costs arising therefrom.
  11. A code for commercial property leases has been prepared to guide business landlords and potential tenants. This is now available from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (telephone 020 7222 7000).

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