15 April 2021/ Area guides

Office leasing guide: Basingstoke

Offices to rent in Basingstoke

Basingstoke is a large, thriving town situated in the county of Hampshire in south-central England. It started off as an old market town but later expanded to become an important economic hub during the second half of the 20th Century.

Today, Basingstoke is home to a host of globally recognised brands like Sony, AA and Barclays, along with almost 8,000 other businesses in all sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals, technology, and financial services to engineering and manufacturing.

The town is an exciting and modern place to live and work, offering residents a fantastic quality of life, outstanding leisure facilities and a rich cultural scene, alongside its burgeoning business community.

The town has access to seven universities within the region, including the University of Southampton. There are also two colleges in the area - the Basingstoke College of Technology, which is in the top 30% of colleges nationally, as well as Queen Mary's College, which is in the top 5% of all A-level providers across the country.

Over recent years, Basingstoke has benefitted from major investments, including the £280 million purchase of Festival Place, the redevelopment of The Malls Shopping Centre and a £50 million Network Rail regional operating and national training centre. Not only is the town enjoying successful economic growth and expansion with economic output totalling £5 billion, but it was also named as one of the top 50 places to live in Britain in the Halifax Quality of Live Survey for 2020.

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It’s easy to get around in Basingstoke

With quick and easy access to London and a transport and digital infrastructure that offers superb connectivity, Basingstoke is an ideal location to base your business

Basingstoke has convenient connections to main road networks

The borough has easy access to main road networks, including the M3 and M4 motorways as well as the A33, A303 and A34. All are easily accessed from Basingstoke town centre, which has ample parking.

Basingstoke is also well served by rail

Basingstoke has its own railway station that offers commuters a fast train service to London Waterloo as well as connections to many other destinations within the borough, including Overton, Whitchurch and Bramley.

There's an excellent bus network

Most local bus services are operated by Stagecoach, whose bus network links the borough to Alton, Andover, Baughurst, Camberley, Tadley, Whitchurch and Winchester. Stagecoach also operates the Centre Shuttle service, linking Basingstoke Leisure Park with the Town Centre. Operators such as Newbury & District Buses run services on other routes, and National Express services stop opposite the railway station providing direct services to Heathrow Airport, Bournemouth, Southampton and the other UK destinations.

There's an expanding network of cycle routes in Basingstoke

If you prefer to cycle to work or enjoy cycling for leisure, a network of cycle routes cover the town. In addition, national cycle routes link Basingstoke to neighbouring towns and villages. These routes are largely free of traffic and are well sign posted. Hampshire County Council (HCC) has also produced a series of leisure cycle routes within the borough and across Hampshire.

Offices to rent in Basingstoke

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Key business areas in Basingstoke

There are currently 7,900 businesses based in Basingstoke, including many international companies as well as startups and SME enterprises. In fact, around 90% of businesses in the borough are small businesses employing less than ten members of staff. Basingstoke's startup community has a much higher survival rate after five years than the national average. Many of these businesses are located in five key areas and business parks. Namely, Hound Mill's, Chineham Business Park, Basing View, Jay's Close and Basingstoke Business Centre.

Basingstoke has fantastic business amenities

You’ll be sure to get a good night’s sleep in Basingstoke

Whether you are in Basingstoke for a business trip or visiting for a relaxing and comfortable break in the heart of Hampshire, you'll find a wide range of excellent hotels to meet your every need.

Conveniently located in the heart of North Hampshire, with easy access to the M3, M4 and South of England, along with fast rail links into London, the Apollo Hotel is ideal for the business traveller. Offering more than just rooms, this hotel also has a wide range of spaces for meetings, conferences or events of all sizes, as well as a leisure spa, gym and restaurant. Also perfect for business trips is the Village Hotel, which offers all-day dining and an on-site Starbucks.

Another great option is the Red Lion, a well-established hotel located in the town centre with easy access to the Festival Place Shopping Centre and public transport links. If you need to escape the rat race and retreat to the countryside, why not book a room at the charming Oakley Hall Hotel, a beautifully modern and contemporary hotel surrounded by gorgeous woodland.

There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars in Basingstoke

Whether you're looking for a place to have a business lunch, grab a coffee or quick bite to eat, or if you need somewhere classy to treat a client, you will definitely be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink in Basingstoke.

The town is home to a variety of restaurants from all over the world. In the town centre, there are a number of independent restaurants dishing up meals from Thailand, Greece, India and Japan. There are also a variety of restaurants at Festival Place, including Cosy Club, Las Iguanas, The Sushi Maki and Nando's.

If you're in a rush in between meetings and need to grab something on the go, you'll find plenty of cafes, fast food outlets and even street food to enjoy in the area. A favourite among locals is the Festival Street Kitchen, which serves up burritos, wraps and big pan delights.

For those in need of their caffeine fix before a long day at the office, there are also plenty of independent coffee shops and tea rooms like the Tea Bar in the town centre, the Street Bakeshop in Old Basing or The Parlour Tearoom at Viables. All offer delicious cakes, pastries and a warm cuppa.

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Basingstoke has lots of high-quality meeting rooms

If you need to book a room for an important business meeting – or an informal get-together – you won't have to look far in Basingstoke. One of the most popular meeting places is Beechdown, which is just a short journey from the Basingstoke train station.

There are also many hotels in the area, like the Four Seasons, the Holiday Inn and High field Park, which can cater for both small and large groups of people.

There’s lots going on in Basingstoke

If you think working in the town centre means a lack of outside green space, then you couldn't be more wrong. There are several lovely parks and gardens around town where you can reconnect with nature after work or during your lunch hour. Eastrop Park, War Memorial Park and Glebe Gardens are all within walking distance and are ideal for walks or runs.

Gym lovers won't be disappointed with Basingstoke Sports Centre situated in Festival Place, the new gym at the Village Hotel on Basing View or Anytime Fitness opposite the train station. There is also a weekly Park Run that takes place in the War Memorial Park. For those who enjoy playing other sports like tennis or cricket, the Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club and Totally Tennis club are both within easy reach.

Offices to rent in Basingstoke

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Notable tenants

  • Motorola
  • The Automobile Association
  • Sun Life Financial
  • ST Ericsson
  • GAME

Key agents

  • London Clancy
  • Hollis Hockley
  • BDT incorporating Woodford & Co
  • JLL
  • Rare Consulting
  • Avison Young
  • Cradick Retail
  • Fortus Business Advisors
  • Colliers International

Interesting facts about Basingstoke

  • Thomas Burberry founded the Brand Burberry in Basingstoke in 1856. He also had his original raincoat factory and shop in Winchester Road, which burnt down in 'The Great Fire of Basingstoke' in 1905.
  • Rodney Trotter from the classic fictional British sitcom 'Only Fools & Horses' attended "Basingstoke Art College" but was expelled after just three weeks when he was caught smoking cannabis in a fellow student's room.
  • Hollywood actress Liz Hurley attended Harriet Costello School and Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke.