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Cheltenham’s most dynamic work and social space is on its way.

The Quadrangle, a 1970s landmark, has been sensitively re-imagined to create contemporary commercial space.

Four storeys of premium office space have been designed to meet the needs of Cheltenham’s vibrant 21st century business community. Its prime location offers exceptional retail and café venues on the ground floor, with the exciting addition of a roof-top restaurant offering diners views across the tree tops of Montpellier.

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  • 0.3m to bus station
  • 1.1m to train station
  • On-site Office Parking
  • Communal Courtyard
  • 4 floors of office space
  • 2 floors of retail and restaurants
  • 70,700 SQ FT
  • Apr 2018

    Detailed planning consent

  • Q4 2019

    Work on site anticipated to start

  • April 2021

    Project completion

The Design Story

Originally built in 1973, the Quadrangle is located on the corner of Imperial Square and Promenade, overlooking Imperial Gardens. Proud of its position within the heritage landscape of the town, care is being taken to sensitively update the façades.

This 70s landmark is being elevated for the 21st century. The replacement of all 400 windows and addition of feature surrounds incorporates a choice of naturally ventilated or fully air conditioned space, while architecturally referencing the Quadrangle’s historic setting of Imperial Square.

Taking account of environmental design considerations, solar panels will be installed on the roof, generating energy to be used within the building.

Street elevation diagram

Flexible Workspace

The complete refurbishment of the Quadrangle will create four storeys of premium open plan workspace. Each floor has the flexibility to be rented either in its entirety, around 13,000 sq ft, or as two separate office units.

Tenants and their visitors will enter the building from a more prominent main entrance on Promenade, leading into a welcoming contemporary reception space. A small number of parking spaces will be removed in the underground car park and replaced with a dedicated secure bike storage area, alongside  lockers and showering facilities, ideal for those firms encouraging people to cycle to work.

Plans are underway to transform the inner courtyard area, from which the Quadrangle derives its name, into a unique social space that can be enjoyed by all the businesses in the building.

Retail and Restaurants

The Quadrangle is perfectly positioned as a social destination for lunchtime workers, daytrip shoppers, evening diners and the town’s many thousands of festival-goers.

The ground floor refurbishment includes the addition of a raised seating area facing on to Promenade and Imperial Square, which will be extended outwards to create more capacity for restaurants or cafés occupying these units. This will be enclosed with glazing and planters and will help to create more of a link through to Imperial Gardens, improving the integration of the building with its surroundings on three sides.

A roof-top restaurant, the first in the town, creates an additional 4,500 sq ft of premium dining space on the new sixth storey. Careful design will allow diners to enjoy spectacular views across the tree tops from the restaurant and its outdoor terrace, while not dominating the historic skyline.

News & Updates

24th February 2023

A unique dining experience coming to the Quadrangle

A brand new steak restaurant that will wow diners with not only its food but its dining experience, is set to open in the Quadrangle in the spring.

Şef (pronounced chef) Steakhouse is an independent restaurant which is owned and run by Metin Civlak, who lives in Cheltenham, Mert Aras and Kaan Kucukagalar.

Bringing with them a total of 30 years restaurant experience gained from setting up and running eateries in Turkey and Kuwait, Şef will marry delicious food in a stylish setting with a sense of theatre. Food will be cooked over charcoal and the kitchen will be visible to diners with dishes also finished at the table.

“We’re very much looking forward to bringing the Şef experience to Cheltenham,” said Metin. “It’s something that will be unique to the town and the Quadrangle is the perfect setting; a stylish building in a central location. We’ll be serving the finest cuts of meat along with a menu of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including cocktails, and will be using local suppliers where possible.

“So whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite for lunch, have dinner with friends or family or enjoy a cocktail after work, we’ve got something for everyone. And diners can expect a visual treat as well as a culinary one, whether that’s in the restaurant or outside on the terrace. It will be our first UK restaurant and we’re thrilled that it’s Cheltenham that will get to experience it.”

BPE Solicitors advised Şef Steakhouse on the lease while ARC Retail and Leisure Property Consultants acted as agent for Şef Steakhouse. Hartnell Taylor Cook (HTC) and John Ryde Commercial acted for the landlord.

“The arrival of Şef means that all retail spaces at the Quadrangle are now occupied,” said James Woodard from HTC. “It’s set to be a fantastic restaurant that brings something different to Cheltenham. Not only does the fit-out look like it will be modern and elegant, but the menu will give diners an experience that’s like nothing else currently available in town.”

Şef Steakhouse will seat 95 inside and 50 outside on the terrace. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week with late night opening on Friday and Saturday.

27th September 2022

Endsleigh Insurance moves Cheltenham HQ to the Quadrangle

Endsleigh Insurance – the specialist education, not-for-profit and student insurance broker – has relocated to a new headquarters as part of a drive to recruit and retain the best industry talent.

The company is now based at a new office in the refurbished Quadrangle building on the corner of Imperial Square and Promenade in the heart of Cheltenham, having spent the last 14 years on Shurdington Road on the outskirts of the spa town. The new site has huge significance for the firm, as it was also the location of Endsleigh’s first Cheltenham branch between 2001 and 2008.

The move is a strategic development for the future of the Endsleigh business, which recently created a new commercial roadmap that involves doubling down on three key sectors – education, not-for-profit and university students.

It is hoped that the Quadrangle office – which will house Endsleigh’s existing workforce of 110 people and becomes a first Cheltenham base for its parent company, Howden – will be a big draw for existing and prospective employees.

Alison Meckiffe, CEO of Endsleigh Insurance, explains: “As a business, we have major growth ambitions and plan to become a top three broker across all of our specialist markets. To achieve that, we need to attract the best talent not only from across Cheltenham and Gloucestershire, but also across the industry more broadly.

“The Quadrangle is a large step towards realising those ambitions. It is in the centre of a brilliant town and has excellent transport links. We’re very excited about the move.”

Another advantage of the new Quadrangle location is the opportunities it offers for Endsleigh to deliver on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. Endsleigh’s “three E” approach of education, enterprise and environment will become stronger thanks to initiatives such as:
• A partnership with Cheltenham charity, Winston’s Wish, which will involve Endsleigh staff fundraising and volunteering for the organisation
• A new employee app, developed by Endsleigh, called Grow Your Future, which rewards colleagues for being environmentally-friendly and promotes green travel, energy conservation and recycling
• A refreshed summer internship scheme, with intake from local universities that allows students to gain valuable experience in a working environment
• The Quadrangle boasts electric vehicle charge points, solar panels and rainwater harvesting technology

Zoe Toomey, Head of People for Endsleigh Insurance, says: “We are a people-first company, and needed a new office location to match that outlook. In many ways, we’ve aimed for our new Quadrangle space to be more than just an office: we want it to be a Destination for connection, creativity, collaboration and social engagement and which will be underpinned by a way of working together that will enable us to drive ambitious growth. We’re very confident it will be a big success with our existing workforce and new recruits.

“Now is the time to join our growing business. Endsleigh is currently hiring for a number of positions, including Bid Managers, Account Handlers and Account Executives. Anyone interested in applying for roles can email recruitment@endsleigh.co.uk.”

Tim Smith, Partner at John Ryde Commercial, who acted on behalf of the Quadrangle’s landlord, adds: “We’re very excited to welcome Endsleigh as the newest tenant to the Quadrangle. As a well-known and established Cheltenham employer, it’s great that they’ve chosen the refurbished building as their new home. With both Savills and iPipeline in their new locations, there is a diverse and thriving business community being built.

“There has also been lots of interest in the remaining office space and as soon as we’re able to announce more tenants, we will. Its popularity is testament to the Quadrangle’s appeal as a modern office location in a convenient town-centre location.”

23rd September 2022

Award-winning bakery comes to the Quadrangle

Independent and organic bakery, The Artisan Baker, is set to open in the Quadrangle next month.

Owned and run by Ori Hellerstein, the Stroud-based business has gone from strength to strength. Following the huge success of the original bakery and café, which can be found in the Five Valleys, Ori is now bringing his delicious breads, pastries and cakes to Cheltenham.

Taking the 1,174 sq ft Unit 5, which is towards the rear of the Quadrangle and fronts onto Imperial Square Gardens, visitors will be able to enjoy the delicious range of organic baked goods that will be delivered fresh every morning from the Stroud bakery. Alongside the bread, pastries and cakes, coffee and hot drinks will also be available, as well as sandwiches and a selection of small plates, including cheese and charcuterie.

“I’m so excited to be part of the new Quadrangle building and to join other fabulous independent restaurants,” said Ori. “This definitely feels like the right place for us to develop and expand the business alongside some really great local companies.”

The space will be minimalistic, with a Nordic design feel that includes exposed concrete, with opening hours from 8am to 5pm, extended in the evenings from Thursday through to Saturday. While the majority of the seating will be inside, large bi-folding doors will open out onto Imperial Square Gardens, with seating available outside too.

“We are really passionate about good quality local produce and it’s fantastic to be working with people who share that passion to celebrate the thriving local food scene in Cheltenham,” continues Ori. “I grew up in Jerusalem where my mother had a delicatessen, which is where my love of food started. It was my time travelling in Central America though that really ignited my passion for food and I moved to London to go to cookery school.”

Ori trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleau London but wanted to make his own bread in his own way, using organic, ethically sourced and where possible, local ingredients. His distinctive products include The Nelson Loaf (a South African seed bread named after Nelson Mandela) as well as sourdough and a Challah loaf, a savoury-sweet Jewish bread.

Ori’s prominent fans include The Great British Menu’s Matthew Fort, who is a regular customer at his weekly market stall. Matthew also wrote the foreword to Ori’s inaugural book, The Artisan Baker.

“The appeal of the Quadrangle is yet again underlined with this latest tenant announcement,” said James Woodard from agent’s Hartnell Taylor Cook, who acted on behalf of the landlord. “We’re thrilled to have The Artisan Baker on board to add yet another exciting independent eatery and we’ve no doubt that local people will flock to see them once they’re open in October.”

11th August 2022

Rooftop fine dining comes to the Quadrangle

After much anticipation, The Nook on Five has been confirmed as the tenant of the Quadrangle’s rooftop restaurant – the first of its kind in Cheltenham.

The independent restaurant will open its doors to customers this November. Guests can look forward to creative and innovative menus of contemporary British cuisine with a nod to traditional French gastronomy. The focus will be on quality seasonal ingredients, showcasing locally sourced produce as much as possible in keeping with the restaurant’s commitment to sustainability.

The spectacular views across Imperial Gardens and beyond will make The Nook a truly unique dining experience. Although the rooftop terrace itself won’t be fully open to the public until spring 2023, visitors will be able to purchase tickets to enjoy a glass of champagne and take in the magical vista. Looking down onto Cheltenham’s winter ice skating rink will make for a particularly memorable festive occasion.

“There has been a huge amount of work that’s gone on behind the scenes to get to this point so we are thrilled to now be able to make the big reveal!’ said Edward Surman, Director at SH Retail Investments who have taken on the lease. “As Cheltenham’s first rooftop restaurant, we cannot wait to welcome people so that they can enjoy a fine dining experience with the added attraction of panoramic rooftop views.”

The restaurant and bar area on the top floor will be complemented by an afternoon tea lounge, and a patisserie and café will occupy the ground floor unit. Reflecting the restaurant’s promotion of locally sourced ingredients, the cocktail bar will champion British craft drinks, offering guests the chance to sample artisanal wines and spirits from niche independent producers.

“Alongside the care and consideration that will go into our menus, we want the interior to mirror the same sophistication and attention to detail to ensure guests have a truly unforgettable experience,” continues Edward.

“The question about who is going to be taking the rooftop restaurant has been by far the most asked since the news was announced about the Quadrangle’s refurbishment plans,” comments James Woodard from property agents Hartnell Taylor Cook who acted on behalf of the landlord. “We’re really excited about having The Nook on board and know that it will be a fantastic addition to Cheltenham, bringing a premium dining experience that is sure to have the ‘wow’ factor.

“The remaining two retail units are also currently under offer and we’re looking forward to revealing more tenants as soon as we can. With Bosco being so well received and now news of The Nook on Five, the Quadrangle is shaping up to be a must-visit.”

For more information and to keep up to date with further announcements, visit thenookcheltenham.co.uk or follow The Nook on Instagram and TikTok.

19th November 2021

The Quadrangle has a rooftop restaurant tenant

The eagerly anticipated tenant for Cheltenham’s first rooftop restaurant has been confirmed. A brand new and exciting independent restaurant will offer visitors a premium dining experience from the fifth floor of the refurbished Quadrangle.

With full details still under wraps, more will be revealed over the coming months ahead of the fit-out starting in 2022. It’s the second restaurant to be confirmed after Bosco was announced in the summer.

“We know the rooftop restaurant is something people have been patiently waiting to hear about,” said agent, James Woodard from Hartnell Taylor Cook. “And while we can’t reveal much at the moment, we’re really excited about what they have planned. It’s going to be a fantastic addition to the Cheltenham dining scene, with the added bonus of spectacular views over the town.

“More than just somewhere people come to eat, it will be a complete dining experience with a modern and innovative twist that has a story behind it. As soon as we can, we’ll be revealing more, so keep your eyes peeled as you won’t want to miss it.

“The transformation of the Quadrangle has created a stunning restaurant, retail and office space in the heart of Cheltenham and it’s great to be adding to the list of tenants. It’s a hugely desirable location and the rooftop restaurant is going to be the jewel in its crown. We have no doubt that it will be a must-visit once open.”

Interest has been expressed in the two remaining ground floor retail units and discussions with a number of potential new office tenants are currently taking place. The office units range from 6,500 to 13,279 sq ft with the flexibility to be able to split the floors if needed.

Enquiries for the retail and restaurant space should be directed to joint agents Hartnell Taylor Cook and John Ryde Commercial. All office enquiries should go to John Ryde Commercial.

22nd July 2021

Bosco set to bring a taste of Italy to Cheltenham

Visitors to the Quadrangle will be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine as Bosco is confirmed as the refurbished building’s first restaurant tenant.

The Bristol-based eatery will offer a delicious selection of dishes from wood-fired pizza and pasta to Italian meats, small plates and salads; something to tempt all taste buds and appetites big and small.

Fabulous food

With two restaurants in Bristol and another due to open in Bath next month, Bosco’s established pedigree for creating mouth-watering dishes, inspired by founder and owner, Miles Johnson’s trips to Italy, will make their new Cheltenham location a must visit.

Taking the 3,230 sq ft corner unit with frontages on both Promenade and Imperial Square Gardens, diners can expect the same warm and friendly welcome in a modern and vibrant setting. The fit out, which will include an open kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven, is due to be completed and the restaurant open for both dine in and takeaway options by the end of the year.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing Bosco to Cheltenham,” said Miles. “And the Quadrangle is the perfect location for us, right in the heart of the town. There seems to have been huge excitement about the refurbished building too and it’s fantastic to now be part of that. It’s one of the reasons we were attracted to the space, it was exactly the right fit and knowing what’s worked so well for us in Bristol, we can absolutely see how our new home in the Quadrangle will allow us to do that too.

“Italy is somewhere I’ve been many times. My wife and I got married there and it’s where our children were christened. The simplicity of the food is something I love, without compromising on flavour, and that was the foundation on which I created Bosco. We’ll be offering Italian classics that are both comforting and tasty and are created using the very best ingredients. We pride ourselves on not only our renowned pizzas and pastas, but dishes including arancini, fritto misto and bruschetta too. People also come to Bosco for the atmosphere and that’s absolutely something we’ll be looking to replicate in Cheltenham; a place to enjoy good food and drink while soaking up the buzz and ambience of a bustling restaurant. We can’t wait to welcome people.”

An exciting dining experience

“Bosco is going to be a fabulous addition to the Quadrangle and I’m sure it will soon establish itself as Cheltenham’s go-to Italian eatery,” said James Woodard from agents, Hartnell Taylor Cook who worked with Andy Smallman at ARC Retail, Bosco’s agent, to agree the deal. “Whether it’s heading for an after-work bite to eat or meeting with friends and family for a weekend lunch, local people are in for a treat.

“We’re really excited to be bringing new and exciting dining experiences to Cheltenham and feel like the Quadrangle can offer something special for tenants and customers alike.”

Terms have also been agreed with a prospective tenant for the rooftop restaurant which means there are two remaining ground floor retail units available at 3,511 sq ft and 1,174 sq ft. Expressions of interest for the retail and restaurant space should be directed to joint agents Hartnell Taylor Cook and John Ryde Commercial. Any office enquiries should go to John Ryde Commercial.

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