Major £1.5m expansion of Wigley HQ begins

A leading commercial property company in the Midlands has begun work on a major £1.5 million expansion of its headquarters in Warwickshire.

A two-storey extension is being added to Stockton House, in Southam – a former country house which has been home to The Wigley Group since conversion to offices in 2019.

Plans will create new office space for up to 15 people, a conferencing and community facility for up to 120 people, as well as a new café for staff and visitors.

The scheme will also create an additional 30 car park spaces, increasing total capacity to 64.

Work began on Monday, January 24, and is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

James Davies, Chief Executive Officer at Wigley, said: “When we purchased Stockton House in 2017, it was always our intention to restore the historic building to its former glory.

“Our initial conversion from residential to offices did just that, restoring the historic building to modern office standards whilst retaining its unique design and architecture.

“Thanks to our continued growth, we are now in a position to complete the final piece of the puzzle of Stockton House’s transformation.

“This will allow us to create office space, a conference facility, and open up the building for business meetings and community events, right in the heart of Stockton.”

The extension, which will be on the northern side towards Napton Road, will create an extra 3,000 sq ft of space.

The new building has been carefully designed to sit alongside the existing two buildings on site, creating a central courtyard with planting and seating areas.

A new enclosed cloister will link the three buildings together.

Open-plan office space with meeting rooms will be created on the first floor, with the conference facility catering for 80 people seated – or 120 standing – on the ground floor.

Once a lavish country home, Stockton House – in the Stratford-upon-Avon district of Warwickshire – has undergone extensive refurbishment since it was purchased by Wigley in 2017.

The move marked a close return to Wigley’s roots, with the company having been established around 10 miles away in Barby, near Rugby, in 1964.

It has supported good causes and organisations in Stockton and the surrounding villages through the Wigley Community Fund, which was established by Wigley last year to share £10,000 every year among individuals and groups based within a 10-mile radius of its headquarters.

The Wigley Group owns and manages business and industrial parks across the Midlands and provides services relating to commercial property, risk and construction.