Lansdown Industrial Estate is the largest single industrial estate in Central Cheltenham comprising 14 acres with 38 units and a total of approximately 328,000 sq ft. It is a dynamic hub for local and national businesses, providing a mix of accommodation from serviced offices, storage facilities, manufacturing, and light industrial units.
Dating back to the 1860s when the site was a brickyard and then an iron works, it has had many uses over the years. In 1908 it was acquired by the Gloucestershire company, HH Martyn & Co, who built motor cars, and fitted out luxury ocean liners including the Titanic, Lusitania, Canberra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2. Furthermore, HH Martyn & Co made the iron gates for London’s Marble Arch, redecorated Buckingham Palace’s Long Gallery and Windsor Castle, and produced the cast iron and bronze frontage to Selfridges in Oxford Street.
During the First World War the Gloster Aircraft Company was created by HH Martyn & Co, producing fighter aircraft, and securing Gloucestershire’s enduring role in revolutionising aerospace technology. In the early 20th Century, the site represented the greatest concentration of craftsmanship and trade skills in the country.
Lansdown Industrial Estate is now actively managed by Caisson Investment Management who are undertaking a refurbishment programme of the vacant units to restore the site to its former glory.
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