Global leader moves into new Cheltenham business complex

A major business, with 10,000 employees around the world, has become one of the first firms to move into the fast-evolving Grange Park, a new parkland business campus on the outskirts of Cheltenham.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
An aerial view of former Zurich office The Grange, near Cheltenham, now beginning to refill with tenants.

It was just before Christmas 2022 that SoGlos unvealed the multi-million pound investment to transform the former Zurich offices near Cheltenham into a parkland business complex.

Now it can reveal that one of the first tenants to move into the 175,000 square feet of office space at the Bishop's Cleeve site, set in 14 acres of parkland on the edge of the Cotswolds, has set up shop.

Global testing, inspection and certification group Kiwa has moved its 35-strong central services team onto the ground floor of the Grange Park campus with plans afoot to relocate to a larger first floor suite with the business saying it expected to 'grow significantly'.

It joins teams from county-headquartered Spirax Sarco and outsourcing firm Capita, which have also taken space at the site.

Mark Horwood, chief financial officer for Kiwa, a long-term resident of nearby Stoke Road, Bishop’s Cleeve and a world-leader in its field, said: ‘We wanted somewhere not too far from our existing site and somewhere we could expand. 

‘Our employees are our most important asset, and we really liked the people-first approach at Grange Park which nicely reflects our vision for Kiwa. The building also has a prestige that we feel matches our organisation.’

Kiwa said it would be keeping its gas, solid fuel and renewables test labs at its Stoke Road site, which will remain the consultancy and training centre for Kiwa Energy.

Its first floor office lease at Grange Park is for 10 years, with a five-year break. Kiwa employs more than 10,000 people in 40-plus countries and since 2021 has been part of the SHV family of companies, which employs 56,000-plus staff world-wide.

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