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Regional News First building in Hampshire receives Fitwel certification

Fitwel sets out over 55 evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance buildings by addressing a broad range of health behaviours and risks. Each strategy was associated with unique point allocations in One Dorset Street, based on the strength of evidence and the demonstrated impact on occupant health in the building. One Dorset Street has received a 2 Star certification, from the 3 Star categorisation.

Last year, the RO Group became the first company to secure Fitwel certification for a multi-tenanted building in Europe. Fitwel is an occupant focused health and wellbeing scheme. This easy to apply building measure is quickly gaining traction across the globe, with registered projects in over 35 countries. Thanks to its ease of use and visible benefits, the Fitwel certification was also rolled out by the RO Group in another of its properties: One Dorset Street in Southampton. One Dorset Street is not only the first Fitwel accredited building in Hampshire, but also the second multi-tenanted building in Europe to achieve this certification.

The property is an architecturally striking stand-alone office space in one of the most prominent parts of Southampton’s main business district. It has been fully refurbished to a very high standard and includes a modern reception and business lounge area on the ground floor.

David Kershaw, Group Real Estate Director at the RO, stated that everything in One Dorset Street has been designed to improve workers’ health, wellbeing and productivity and to create a welcoming environment. He explained that the RO’s clients are increasingly aware of betterment in office environments. Kershaw’s advice to employers, across all sizes of buildings and businesses, is that in the race for talent these trends cannot be ignored.

Two new tenants for the Dakota Building in Surrey

Yoooserv, which has taken 9,397 sq. ft. on the ground floor, is a premium office space company offering virtual, serviced or co- working spaces, desk hire and meeting rooms, with high-end options to fit any budget.

Dakota is an impressive contemporary office building with imposing scale and prominence situated in a prime location, with great parking and transport links. It comprises 39,461 sq. ft. of office space across three floors and is a Grade A, multi-let workplace prominently positioned at the entrance to the internationally renowned Brooklands, which is rich in history and offers a modern business environment.

Two highly regarded companies; Robert Half International and Yoooserv have taken space in one of the RO’s flagship properties, the Dakota building in Weybridge, Surrey. The Dakota building was the first multi-tenanted building in Europe to achieve Fitwel certification.

Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world’s second largest recruitment company and has taken the entire third floor equating to 3,131 sq. ft.

David Kershaw points out that the Dakota building has an office environment that can positively contribute to an employee’s ‘feel good’ and wellbeing factors, lift productivity and aid staff retention. He noted that the building’s new tenants had been attracted by these attributes.

Brighton property sold to Bravo Property Limited

During the last couple of years, in line with its stated growth strategy, the RO has disposed of a range of properties for a combined total in excess of £25 million, which has prudently been re-invested in existing and new properties, development projects and strategic land acquisitions across its preferred geographic region of the South of England and Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge (‘CaMkOx’) Arc, which the RO consider to be areas providing key future growth for the UK’s economy.

The RO Group has sold St George’s House in Brighton to Bravo Property Limited for £1.2 million. Bravo is a well-financed and respected local residential and student property developer and is well-known to RO’s local agent, Graves Jenkins.


David Kershaw commented that the company considers very carefully the timing of its acquisitions and disposals and that it is extremely pleased with the sale of St George’s House to Bravo, which provides further capital for the RO to reinvest in expanding its portfolio with opportunities that fit its strict strategic and geographic criteria.


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