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A Coventry freight forwarding firm is expanding after moving into a landmark city centre building.

Retail Transport Services is set to take on a new member of staff after moving into Hawkins, the office element of The Co-Operative scheme, in Corporation Street, to accommodate its future growth plans.

The company, which works with suppliers and hauliers to transport freight by sea, air and road, had outgrown its former base at Kings Chambers and has moved into a new larger office at the development.

The additional space is enabling the firm to take on a new accounts and administration apprentice through Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training and also look at expanding further by creating even more jobs to drive the business forward.

‘The Co-Operative’, based at the former Co-Op building, is a mix of high-spec apartments, office, retail and leisure space by award winning developers EDG Property.

The next phase of apartments will be released soon after the first ten were snapped up and RTS’s move marks another landmark in the exciting scheme for the city.

Dave Hughes, managing director of Retail Transport Services said: “We are very excited to move into our new office. It is a high-end scheme which has been refurbished to a very high standard, and its quality reflects the work of the business.

“We are currently on a mission for growth and our new office, which is double the size of our former site, will allow us to expand considerably.

“We are committed to helping people take a step on to the career ladder and our move means we are already taking on a new apprentice who will be starting with us in June.

“This will be our third apprentice, one of which has been with us for ten years, and they will be able to gain valuable experience in the office and also spend one day each week studying towards their qualifications.

“Coventry is seeing a huge amount of investment, with developments taking place across the city centre which will make it an even better place to live and work, and we are extremely pleased to be in the heart of this.”

Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property, said: “We are delighted to formally welcome Retail Transport Services to Hawkins, the first phase of The Co-Operative development.

“It is a highly-successful business and we look forward to seeing its future growth plans come to fruition in its new city centre home.

“As Dave and his team settle in, we will be busy finishing the next phase of the development which will include 63 high-quality apartments and a number of new restaurants.”

Jonathan Moore, of Holt Commercial, acted on behalf of EDG Property, with Retail Transport Services signing a 10-year lease.

EDG Property was among the deserved award winners of Coventry & Warwickshire FirstPro 2018, announced at a gala dinner held at Coombe Abbey earlier this month.

Proud recipients of the Property Deal of the Year award, EDG Property was praised for its transformation of the 1950s Co-Operative building on Corporation Street into a mixed-use destination to include high specification apartments, a private internal residents’ park and members’ lounge. It was noted that the £15m scheme represents a significant investment in the city and will provide a catalyse for further regeneration.

EDG Property was in good company with the City of Culture Trust awarded Outstanding Achievement for securing City of Culture 2021.

Award-winning EDG Property – which is developing The Co-Operative building in the city centre – teamed up with agents Knight Frank to unveil the highest-specification one and two-bedroom apartments seen in Coventry to date.

Ten apartments were released for sale on the VIP night and each of them was snapped up by keen buyers wanting to be part of the high-profile scheme.

Each apartment is being fitted out to a high spec while the whole development will offer a range of extras not seen before in a city centre scheme – such as an internal residents’ park, exercise areas and private residents’ lounge with rooftop terrace.

Neil Edginton, Managing Director of EDG Property, said: “There was a real buzz in the room at the invitation-only event. There are buyers in Coventry who have been waiting for this kind of high-spec, city centre development and we are thrilled to be giving them exactly what they want at The Co-Operative.

“From the outset, we have stayed true to the existing property and are restoring many of the features of the old Co-op that people remember and love, including The Co-Operative lettering that fronts Corporation Street.

“But, on top of that, we are providing luxury and amenities that you will not get from any other apartment scheme in Coventry.

“We knew ahead of the evening that there was very strong interest but to reserve the first ten we released within days of the event is testament to what we are aiming to achieve at The Co-Operative.”

The next release of luxury apartments at The Co-Operative is imminent and all those who wish to be added to the database for more information on EDG Property’s forthcoming event, please email info@edgproperty.co.uk or call 0121 654 9404.

A Coventry freight forwarding firm is doubling in size and is moving into a historic Coventry landmark building.

Retail Transport Services is set to move into Hawkins, the office element of The Co-Operative scheme in Corporation Street, as it looks to drive the business forward.

The company, which works with suppliers and hauliers to transport freight by sea, air and road, has outgrown its current office at Kings Chambers and will move into an office double the size to accommodate its future growth plans.

‘The Co-Operative’, based at the former Co-Op building, is a mix of high-spec apartments, office, retail and leisure space by award winning developers EDG Property.

Coventry-based agents, Shortland Penn + Moore acted on behalf of EDG Property, with Retail Transport Services signing a new 10 year lease.

The Hawkins office scheme let off-plan within days of going on the market, and Retail Transport Services will join businesses including Field Overell Solicitors, Fragrances and a new restaurant which is due to be announced shortly.

Dave Hughes, managing director of Retail Transport Services said: “We are delighted to sign the lease for our new office at Hawkins and look forward to moving in at the beginning of March.

“We found that the Hawkins development was a perfect match for our business. The setting and the quality of the development reflects the work that we do here and the offices are being refurbished to a very high standard.

“We are at capacity in our current office after increasing our workforce earlier this year, but our new office is double in size and will allow us to expand.

“It demonstrates our continued success at driving Retail Transport Services forward. Due to the complexities and uncertainty of Brexit we have been working harder and smarter to ensure that we are offering the very best services to our clients.

“Our new office will future-proof the business for the next 10 to 15 years as we continue our growth.”

The Co-Operative will also be showcased at the largest international development and investment show in March. EDG Property are part of the Coventry and Warwickshire MIPIM Partnership which promotes the area at the three-day show in March.

Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property, said: “We are delighted to welcome Retail Transport Services to Hawkins, the first phase of The Co-Operative development.

“They are a very well-established business with international connections and we are confident the firm will continue its success in its new city centre home.

“Hawkins has been a very popular part of our development which is testament to the location and to the growing confidence in Coventry as a central area for thriving business. We look forward to announcing the new restaurant for the ground floor of Hawkins shortly.”

The company behind the iconic redevelopment of the Co-op in Coventry has announced the appointment of its agent to sell the luxury apartments – and is planning a special preview event early in the New Year where a select few will be released for sale prior to full launch.

Award winning EDG Property – which is developing The Co-Operative building in the city centre – has instructed Knight Frank to market what are being described as the highest-specification one and two-bedroom apartments seen in Coventry to date.

And potential buyers who register on the development’s database by the end of this year will be invited to an exclusive private preview in January where development details will be revealed for the first time.

Each apartment will be fitted out to a high-spec while the whole development will offer a range of extras not seen before in a city centre scheme – such as an internal residents’ park, exercise areas and private residents’ lounge with rooftop terrace.

As well as bringing the building into the 21st Century, the developer has worked with architects Corstorphine + Wright to ensure that many of the mid-century details have been retained – including the lettering on the outside of the building.

Peter Smith, of Knight Frank, said Coventry was crying out for the development of The Co-Operative.

He said: “Coventry’s profile has grown and improved massively in recent years and that is set to continue.

“The city centre is going through big improvements and The Co-Operative will be a big part of that in terms of its residential offer.

“Coventry city centre hasn’t seen a scheme quite like this before – in terms of specification, additional features for residents and, also, the commitment to maintaining its mid-century architecture.

“We believe this is going to provide a new benchmark for luxury living in Coventry city centre and we expect demand to be very high from the outset from both owner-occupiers and investors.

“The only way to secure a place at the exclusive preview event is to register interest before Christmas.”

Neil Edginton, managing director of EDG Property, said he had already received great feedback on the project.

He said: “The Co-Operative is really capturing the imagination of the city. People are genuinely interested in what we are doing because it’s a building that the Coventry public are very fond of.

“I recently spoke at the Coventry and Warwickshire Champions breakfast and there was real excitement about the way we are approaching the scheme and how it fits in with the wider city development.

“We wanted to maintain the building that people know and love and make a special place to live and we are now hard at work delivering those plans.

“Knight Frank are experts in the city living market and they echo our thoughts that this will be something unique for the city, offering apartment living that Coventry hasn’t seen before.

“Due to expressed demand, the guest list will be by invitation only, providing exclusively those who have registered early a chance to reserve a boutique home at this unique, city address.”

To secure your VIP invitation email info@edgproperty.co.uk or call 0121 654 9404.